Friday, August 01, 2008

Study unravels mystery of the Northern Lights

Science is one step closer to unraveling one of the most majestic of Earth's phenomena, the Northern Lights. Pound360 is a little sad about that. We'd like nature to keep some of her secrets, but alas…

According to a widely reported story (we couldn't understand
what they were trying to say at the NY Times, so most of this post is based on Wired's coverage), solar energy stretches the Earth's magnetic field, like a giant balloon, until it suddenly snaps back into place. When that snap occurs, the resulting energy causes the Aurora Borealis. According to the NY Times piece, this phenomena results in about one million amps of energy per hour, or the equivalent of energy released during a magnitude five earthquake.

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