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Friday, July 04, 2008

Alaskan Aurora or The Holy Spirit

These are not my pictures, I copied them off another blog site and cannot find the site to give credit.
If you recognize them,
let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.
These pictures are called the "Alaskan Aurora" or the "Northern Lights."


What is aurora?

Aurora is a luminous glow of the upper atmosphere which is caused by energetic particles that enter the atmosphere from above.

On Earth, the energetic particles that make aurora come from the geospace environment, the magnetosphere.

These energetic particles are mostly electrons, but protons also make aurora.

The electrons travel along magnetic field lines. The Earth's magnetic field looks like that of a dipole magnet where the field lines are coming out and going into the Earth near the poles.



The auroral electrons are thus guided to the high latitude atmosphere. As they penetrate into the upper atmosphere, the chance of colliding with an atom or molecule increases the deeper they go.

Once a collision takes place, the atom or molecule takes some of the energy of the energetic particle and stores it as internal energy while the electron goes on with a reduced speed.

The process of storing energy in a molecule or atom is called "exciting" the atom.

An excited atom or molecule can return to the non-excited state
(ground state) by sending off a photon, i.e. by making light

OR:

What if the above mentioned is just an explanation of how God desires to visually present, from time to time, a physical representation of his Holy Spirit.

Imagine for a moment, What would the love of God look like as it flowed from heaven to earth?

Just a thought!!!!!

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