Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"It just went red all over! It's red all over!"

BBC News - Special flight to the Northern Lights from Humberside:

Image via geology.com

The first flight from Humberside Airport to see the Northern Lights has been so successful, that it could become an annual event.

The three hour trip travelled north over Scotland in search of the lights, which are caused by solar wind - a flow of charged particles from the sun travelling to Earth and hitting the atmosphere at its thinnest point causing a brightly coloured display.
I don't have a bucket list, as such, but if I get to retire and travel some day, making an effort to see the Northern Lights is something ... well, I would go on and on about here, I suspect. A bit like Mac at about the the 3:10 mark in this clip from Local Hero.

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