As an artist, you try to find the most beautiful scenes, objects or sights to paint. Everything you see on daily basis has the potential to become artistically great and finding that perfect moment can sometimes be difficult. One phenomenon that really inspires many artists world wide is the natural beauty of the Northern Lights, or as some know it, Auroras.
What Are These Northern Lights?
Auroras are natural light displays in the sky, usually observed at night. They are particularly prevalent in the northern Polar Regions around the Arctic Circle. Solar winds carry charged particles into the Earth’s atmosphere, drawn by the magnetic field of the Earth’s poles. These particles collide with gases in the atmosphere and produce energy as different colors of light.
More Facts About These Lights
- Northern lights typically occur in the part of Earth’s atmosphere know as the ionosphere. The lights are also referred to as polar auroras. In northern latitudes, the light effect is known as the aurora borealis. The Northern lights are named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora and Boreas, the Greek name for north wind.
- Pierre Gassendi named the lights aurora borealis when he saw them in 1621. He was a French philosopher, priest, mathematician and astronomer. He was the first to ever give the northern lights spectacle a name while trying to theorize what caused them.
- The northern lights have had a number of names throughout history. As long as there have been northern cultures there have been legends and myths about the northern lights. Most of the legends and myths have to do with the afterlife, God(s) and the heavens.
- The Cree people call this phenomenon the “Dance of the Spirits.” The Cree were one of the largest indigenous peoples in North America. They mainly occupied the territory of what is now Canada.
- The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights. They are only visible in the sky from the Northern Hemisphere. The chance of seeing the lights increases the closer you get to the North Pole’s magnetic field. This field is currently in the arctic islands of northern Canada.
- Aurora seen near the magnetic pole seem to be high over your head Get a little further away and they illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the sun was rising from a wrong direction.
- The aurora borealis most often occurs from September to October and from March to April. Many people journey long ways in extreme cold to view the lights. Sometimes the temperature reaches minus forty below. When it is this cold Fahrenheit and Celsius are the same. Now that is cold.
- Aristotle wrote about the northern lights in his book “Meteorology”. He wrote this book over 2350 years ago.
- The northern lights begin far above the Earth’s surface, at the edge of the region commonly called outer space.
These lights are something that you need to experience for yourself. An artist get inspiration from first hand experience and puts his feelings and emotions into his art. Creating the Northern Lights on Canvas, will give you more than just a pretty painting, it will give you a masterpiece.