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SYFY WIRE Bad Astronomy

Faith and begaurora

By Phil Plait

Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, a holiday in the US traditionally celebrated by wearing green and drinking too much. In that spirit, how about a nice, soothing time lapse video of green aurora?

This video was made by Mark Ellis (who did the wonderful "My Soul" time lapse video I put up a while back) on a freezing cold night in northern Minnesota after the big March 7 solar foofooraw.

Some of the spinning scenes of stars may not qualm the upset tummies out there post-festivities, but it probably also doesn't help to think of the vast energies and quantum mechanics playing out over your head every day as our whirling planet geodynamically interacts with the wind from the Sun screaming across the solar system at million of kilometers per hour, either.

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