|Nordlys (Aurora Borealis), Nykan i Vesteralen - NORWAY|
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Aurora Borealis - NORWAY
Another day with only one card inside my mailbox - but it's really a special card! It shows the Aurora Borealis on the Vesteralen Islands in Norway and was sent by a sweet postcrosser named Rima that had the luck to see the Northern Lights once on her hometown (she lives south of the normal auroral zone) and she says it was stunning, I don't have any trouble in believing - to watch the Aurora live is one of my dreams. Thank you so much Rima, for this wonderful postcard and the nice words you wrote on your message. This postcard took 5 days to arrive!
An aurora is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). Most aurorae occur in a band known as the auroral zone, which is typically 3° to 6° in latitudinal extent and at all local times or longitudes. In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the Aurora Borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas.