are unique versions to marvel at, sources of delight
and to contemplate upon.
Solar Eclipse & Sunrise March 20, 2015
Indigenous to Norway, Sweden, Finland
and Russia, the Sami people,
share the belief of their ancestors,
that the Northern Lights are emanated
from the souls of the departed, and
are contemplated with courtesy
Eskimos believed the Aurora Borealis lights to be
the spirits of seals, whales, and caribou.
The Algonquin Indians of Canada believed them to be
their ancestors dancing around a ceremonial
fire made by the "Great Spirit".
The name of the phenomenon itself originates
from the Roman divine force
of the day break, in Latin Aurora,
and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas.
They were believed to be the sister of Helios (the sun)
and Seline (the moon).
Borealis & Australis
The first scientific treatise on Auroras was
published by Marcello Squarcialupi,
an Italian physician and astronomer (1538–1592).
In 1616 G. Galilei would coin the term
Aurora Borealis, being Latin the language
of science in that age.
When South Pole exploration begins, the term
Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) is generated
Docked spaceship in galactic glow
Gorgeous hues in the sky
Aurora in all its splendor.
Stunning images taken by Cristoforetti
while orbiting the Earth December 2014/June 2015.