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And You Thought The De-excitation of Oxygen and Nitrogen Atoms Would Be Boring…

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

I love the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, Aurora Australis, whatever you want to call them.

Lots of scientists will tell you world is “beautiful”. Their research is beautiful, the laws of physics are beautiful, hell I once had a co-worker go on about how ‘beautiful’ Maxwell’s Equations are:

Maxwell's Equations. To physicist, this is like looking at the Mona Lisa.

But whether you are scientist, artist, lawyer, whatever, we can all agree on the awesomeness of the Aurora. Here’s yet another image from Astronomy Picture of the Day:

Credit & Copyright: Paul Alsop - Click image for High-Res Version

This photo is particularly awesome thanks to the magnificent star-trails in the background and excellent foreground lighting at the same time.

One day I will create spectacular images like these. Unfortunately, the last little while my nights have been consumed with watching Dexter.