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Did You Hear the Northern Lights?


Did You Hear the Northern Lights?

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This article was written by Andrew Fazekas in “Starstruck.” The National Geographic has included this article for their website. This article mentions something not many people associate with the northern lights; sound. Reports of static and other sounds have been recorded from the northern lights. This article helps begin to understand what the sounds are and where they originate from.
Material Type: Open Journal-Article
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: February 12, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: December 18, 2014
Keywords: aurora borealis, northern lights


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Avatar for aleia murray
2 years ago

aleia murray (Student)

This would be an interesting addition to an astronomy lesson. If anyone wants to learn more about it, the research website is located at 

Avatar for Christopher Mount
2 years ago

Christopher Mount (Student)

A great article, this just excites me even more to eventually make a trip to witness the Northen lights myself. 

Avatar for Victoria Miller
2 years ago

Victoria Miller (Student)

This is very interesting. I had no idea that the lights could possibly be making a noise. 

Avatar for Glory Warner
2 years ago

Glory Warner (Student)

What a phenomenon, it's pretty interesting. Could be pinecones falling, or magnetic charges, or maybe it's the universe applauding at the grand beauty! hope i get to witness this aside from youtube some day.


Avatar for Leo Espinosa
2 years ago

Leo Espinosa (Student)

The video is very interesting and goes into great detail on the northern lights and the process that takes place.  For many thousands of years it has been a mystery on what and how they formed.  This video may be introduced into a class room of a middle school setting.