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An Homage to Aurora

Magic was something everyone was once mesmerized with as a kid. The idea that something can be so breathtakingly special and out of this world never ceases to amaze people to this day. But many times we give up on that magic, whether it be because we’re working, parenting, or just simply busy. The Aurora Borealis, also referred to as the Northern Lights, is that achievable wonder we find ourselves searching for in this lifetime. An Aurora is a collection of brilliant natural light in the sky, often making gorgeous swirls of colors at the highest of altitudes. And while it may feel enchanting when the aurora hits the night’s sky, it has a great deal to do protons and electrons and a whole list of other terms we won’t bore you with. Yeah, it’s a whole lot of science…but yet when you look up at the sky and see all the brilliant colors you’re mesmerized by the beauty.

The word “aurora” comes from the Latin word meaning morning light, however it was first noticed by a Greek explorer. It was puzzling to see light in the night. The beautiful contrast was often referred to as “falling flames” and “chasm-like.” Native Australians in particular referred to the Aurora as a wildfire connected to the dead or the spirit world. Many aboriginals believed that the Aurora was meant as a mode of communication between the spirits of their ancestors and elders. Each night the Aurora shone was a new message for the elders. Other cultures and great minds have theorized about the Aurora Borealis, questioning its power and validity. The most spiritual of connections to the Aurora Borealis comes from the Native Americans. Certain tribes believed that the lights were the spirits of their friends who had passed on, now living out their afterlife dancing in the sky for the whole world to see.

And to this day you can see the dancing spirits (or lights if you want to get technical). Of course, you can’t exactly look out your window and see them, but there are many destinations you can travel to to get a taste of the stunning sight that is the Northern lights. If you don’t want to travel outside of the U.S.A. your best shot at seeing the lights is in Alaska. Stepping out of the country (but not too far) is Northern Canada. Finally, the international destinations include Iceland, Norway, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and Greenland. In general, the best time of the year to see the lights is November to March. A clear and dark sky is required to capture its beauty with the human eye. Cold, crisp weather is another indication that it’s the perfect time to see the lights. More in-depth information regarding specific locations and times is given out in the Smithsonian’s guide to the Aurora Borealis.

Can’t travel that far? That’s understandable. But the Aurora Borealis’ allure can be seen in many other mediums including, but not limited to, paintings and plays. The most famous painting is arguably Frederic Edwin Church’s Aurora Borealis, painted in 1865. Inspired by sketches from his pupil, Church was able to capture the true essence and artistry of the lights in his painting that now hangs in the Smithsonian American Art Museum for all to see. John Cariani’s critically acclaimed play, Almost, Maine paints nine stories of love, loss, and friendship on the backdrop of the Northern Lights. Each story happens at the exact same time the Aurora Borealis begins and all in the same mythical town called Almost, Maine. Like the Native Americans believed, the play is set in motion by an outsider who wishes to see the spirit of her husband and say a proper goodbye. The play’s beautiful story brings back the magic and wonder that the Aurora Borealis evokes in all of us…the same magic that will live on in the sky for eternity.

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