The Aurora Borealis is deeply embedded in the mythology of many cultures, and in the past, the causes of northern lights were ascribed to everything from dancing spirits to God’s anger. But no one suspected a connection with the Sun until a little more than a hundred years ago, when an eccentric Norwegian scientist, Kristian Birkeland, realised that the Sun bombards the Earth with particles.
Solar Physicist Pål Brekke will take you from the myths to the modern science, and tell you how you can see the northern lights yourself. Pål Brekke is the author of Northern Lights: A Guide with the award winning aurora photographer Fredrik Broms.
This presentation is provided in association with the Institute of Physics in Ireland, the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme and the 14th European Solar Physics Meeting ESPM-14 being held in Trinity College Dublin from 8-12 September 2014.