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Did You Hear the Northern Lights?

Did You Hear the Northern Lights?

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.

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aleia murray
aleia murray (Student)
5 years ago

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

http://www.acoustics.hut.fi/projects/aurora/ 

Christopher Mount
Christopher Mount (Student)
5 years ago

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

Victoria Miller
Victoria Miller (Student)
5 years ago

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

Glory Warner
Glory Warner (Student)
5 years ago

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.

 

Leo Espinosa
Leo Espinosa (Student)
5 years ago

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.