"Aurora australis", "Aurora borealis", "Northern light", and "Southern light" are called the same name Aurora.
The bright dancing lights of the aurora are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south.
Auroral displays appear in many colors although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.
The word "aurora" is derived from the name of the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, who traveled from east to west announcing the coming of the sun. Ancient Greek poets used the name metaphorically to refer to dawn, often mentioning its play of colors across the otherwise dark sky
Many cultural groups have legends about the lights. In medieval times, the occurrences of auroral displays were seen as harbingers of war or famine. The Maori of New Zealand shared a belief with many northern people of Europe and North America that the lights were reflections from torches or campfires.
The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed that the lights indicated the location of manabadi wok (giants) who were the spirits of great hunters and fishermen. The Inuit of Alaska believed that the lights were the spirits of the animals they hunted: the seals, salmon, deer and beluga whales. Other aboriginal peoples believed that the lights were the spirits of their people.
An aurora (plural: auroras or aurorae) also sometimes referred to as polar lights, northern lights (aurora borealis), or southern lights (aurora australis), is a natural light display in the Earth's sky, predominantly seen in the high-latitude regions such as Swedish or Finnish Lapland.
Between late September and late March, Northern Finland is dark from early afternoon until late morning, and the northern lights frequently soar across the sky. Our bold claim is that this part of Finland Especially In Tervola, is among the most beautiful and interesting places to see the northern lights. Because of its peace and calm atmosphere and no light pollution policy even within the city.
As hundreds of thousands of people live in this huge geographical area, the region of Northern Finland has everything from cities with a lively night scene and great museums to small, cozy villages and vast, tranquil spaces without any kind of light pollution like Tervola.
This means that in addition to hunting for the northern lights, you can go winter fishing, hiking, skiing, and dog sledding, experience the Sami culture, or join a wildlife safari. Afterward, you can relax in the Restaurant Tervo and eat incredible local food. Or maybe you’ve joined a northern lights safari.
But even though you can’t take the lights for granted – it is, after all, a natural phenomenon, just like the weather – you are still guaranteed to experience magical light in Northern Finland in Tervola all through the polar night. On clear days, you can see beautiful sunset colors in the south while the sky to the north is a deep midnight blue. In “the blue hour” at twilight, the landscape is bathed in a glassy deep blue color.
The aurora borealis has its climax when the weather is cold and dry. Install the Northern Lights app for iPhone, Android or Windows – a northern light forecast that helps you find the best time and place to see the northern lights.
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