Good Day, God!
I’m home with a cold and cough, drifting aimlessly and tired of introspection. I need a change of subject!
The Aurora Borealis seemed like a beautiful topic. There is a lovely time lapse video of the auroras as seen from the space station.
We live in an utterly amazing universe, God! For example, in looking up Northern Lights (Aurora) I found that the Southern Lights seem to change at the same time as the Northern ones. They are in sync! Or, at least that is how I imagine it. The quote (from the Wikipedia link) was: “Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis (or the southern lights), has almost identical features to the aurora borealis and changes simultaneously with changes in the northern auroral zone”
I’m glad I found that quote midst all the scientific information! It makes me feel as if our Planet is “embraced” — held at both poles by the magnetic/solar wind.
Anyway, God, it is GOOD to take my eyes off of myself and delight in the Mystery and Beauty of our Universe — and in strange historical factoids like the extreme Solar Storm of September 1859. The northern lights were seen as far south as the Caribbean and people in the northeast could read by their bright light. What a sight that must have been!
But, then I consider what happened to the telegraph lines — the High Tech of that Time. The pylons threw off sparks, some telegraph paper caught fire, and while some stations stopped working other stations telegraphed for hours without having their normal power “on.”
Hmm. I hope that our communication and internet systems are prepared for another huge solar storm — especially as our eleven year sunspot cycle is reaching its peak.
This is a Beautiful and Amazing World, God. But, it is surely not always a Safe One!