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I was obsessed with the aurora borealis at one point. i managed to see it but only from a lufthansa airplane window flying over northern canada on my way to europe on a business trip. i thought i was hallucinating because the colors were so vivid! bright pinks, purples and greens. i hope to see the northern lights someday out in nature and not encased in a metal tube 38,000 feet in the sky. 😄
while scientifically the aurora borealis is caused by a collision of charged particles directed by earth’s magnetic field, there is also a metaphysical meaning. the northern lights symbolized a passage to another world for ancient people living in the region. the eskimos believed that they were able to send messages to their ancestors through the whistling noises. so beautiful.