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Saturday, 14 August 2010

Scenes in the sky

Greetings from Lake Wabatongushi! I would like to apologize to our readers for the absence in web blogs. The past few weeks have been quite busy here at the lodge and unfortunately it has been hard to find the time to sit down and reach out to you. But here I am ready to fill you with great facts and information. Are you ready? I know I sure am.


The Perseids Meteor Shower


On August 12th and 13th we had the pleasure of viewing the Perseids meteor shower. The Perseids have been viewed for over 2000 years and are associated with the comet Swift- Tuttle. Starting in mid-July, you can view this natural beauty. The comet's tail ejects particles which in result produces meteors. When the Perseids reaches it's peak, 60 or more meteors can be viewed every hour. On the evening of August 12th, Devon Errington counted upwards to 90 meteors in one hour.

The Northern Lights

The northern lights, a naturally occurring light display in the sky, are a pleasure to view. Their beauty and colour will leave you in aw. In the northern hemisphere the display is known as the Aurora Borealis, or the northern polar lights. In the southern hemisphere ( Antarctica, South America, and Australasia) the lights are referred to as the Aurora Australis. The lights can be seen throughout the world as well as on other planets.

What causes the northern lights?

The northern lights are caused by the emission of Photons in the Earths uppper atmosphere which collide with solar wind and nitrogen and oxygen atoms in the sky. The result? The northern lights. Different atoms produce different colours. For example green or brownish-red lights are produced by the oxygen atoms while red or blue are produced by nitrogen atoms. The most common colours are green,pink, yellow, and pure red.

I lived in Cochenour Ontario ( Red Lake district) for 4 1/2 years and was fortunate enough to have seen some spectacular displays of the lights. My brother and I would head to the sliding hil, and just sit up there staring up at the sky in complete amazement. The lights felt so close you could hear them crackling, and swooshing above our heads. We were surrounded by such natural beauty and entertainment. It was amazing the calming effect the lights had on us. We saw displays of green, blue, and even purple lights while sitting up on Cochenour hill. Those are memories I will forever hold dear.

Have you had the opportunity to view the northern lights? What colours have you seen?



Picture courtesy of myopera.com

Well that's it for me. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog.

Happy sky gazing!




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