With all the craziness in the world from the BlackLivesMatter to Planned Parenthood and abortion videos, from the Christians tortured and raped by ISIS in the Middle East to a 3 year old St. Louis girl killed by stray bullets. Sometimes we just need to stop, ……breathe………. and appreciate the nature around us. The nature, we often take for granted, is God’s beauty that surrounds us everyday! Can you imagine if you saw this yesterday in person?
This picture was taken by Scott Wight who lives in Kodiak, Alaska and was posted on social media two days ago. It is an Aurora over Gertrude, Alaska. What words come to mind? Tranquility. Peace. Beauty. Serenity. Amazing. Picturesque.
It’s an amazing sight isn’t it? I hope it’s on your bucket list. If it isn’t it should be.
The geomagnetics storms ignite the auroras and vary with the seasons. It’s about about the energy from the solar wind and the Earth’s inner magnetosphere. The Northern Lights can be seen all over Alaska, but the most reliable spot is Fairbanks. Peak viewing time is in the winter, but as you can see from the photo above, the Northern Lights can be seen at the end of summer as well. In Alaska, between the beginning of September to the end of March, the best time to view the aurora is between 12:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.
Even though Wight’s photo is one of the most beautiful and most amazing pictures I’ve seen in awhile, a photo can only tell part of the story.
Auroras start as faintly glowing bands of greenish white light that tend to run in an east-west direction. They start in the northern part of the sky and often appear static and stationary. But as they build in intensity, they become more dynamic in color and position, moving south. With increased intensity, auroras begin to resemble curtains hung vertically in the sky that are rippling in a light wind. As they reach maximum intensity, these curtains deform into arcs and spirals that can arc dramatically between the visible horizons. At these greater levels of activity, auroras are unmistakable to most all viewers. However, you must often watch a faint patch of light closely for an extended period of time before it transforms into a more distinctive display. These intense displays tend to last for 20 – 30 minutes. The aurora will begin to fade, but a second peak of activity can occur 1 – 2 hours later.
For those of you who need to see a simulation – ENJOY the video! This isn’t Alaska, but it is a more popular viewing of the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis in Scotland from a year ago.
It’s phenomenal watching the electrons dancing with such energy, like toddlers playing on a crowded playground with excitement and energy galore. The earth is such alive!
Now, I know you and I weren’t there in person with Scott Wight two days ago, but I hope some of you do get the chance to see this amazing and spectacular show of Aurora Borealis in person. But for those of us, who don’t have the funds right now, maybe your Aurora Borealis – is the beauty that surrounds you everday – your children, your husband, your grandchildren, your family, your friends or colleagues. Take time to stop, …..relax, …..enjoy and …..breathe it all in!
It’s the beauty of our world……courtesy of God!
Written by Nancy Hayes
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