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Auroras: Nature's Light Show

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0335
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  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
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Humans have watched displays of the Northern Lights in awe for centuries. Some cultures thought these colorful curtains of light arose as sparks created by the tail of an artic fox or from epic battles in the night sky. The Sámi of northernmost Europe call it "the light you can hear." But only recently have scientists been able to fully understand how and why auroras exist.

Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, explores the fanciful explanations for these dancing curtains of light, how powerful bursts from the Sun create them, and when and where you're most likely to see an auroral display.

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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.