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Northern lights

The Story

One of the most unusual and unique solar activities is a celestial light show commonly called the northern lights. In this 2005 report from CBC News, we learn about the new technologies being developed in Canada to study the great mystery of this beautiful, natural light dance.

Medium: Television
Program: Saturday Report
Broadcast Date: Oct. 22, 2005
Guest(s): Alan Dyer, Brian Jackel, John Manuel
Anchor: Jacquie Perrin
Reporter: Cameron Macintosh
Duration: 2:35

Did You know?

• In the Northern Hemisphere, aurora borealis is the term used to describe the winter light show. In the Southern Hemisphere, they're called aurora australis. Scientists generally agree that solar winds and Earth's magnetic fields create them.  


• The Themis project was launched on Feb. 16, 2006. It featured 20 ground-based observatories from Atlantic Canada to the west coast of Alaska. The University of California at Berkeley led the project with the help of the Canadian Space Agency.


• According to Greek mythology, Themis was the goddess of good counsel whom Homer described as evoking social order. 





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