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There is nothing more haunting on a chilly northern night, than to catch a glimpse of the brilliant northern lights. All over Canada, even in Eastern Ontario, we will see them once again, even more colourful than usual for us in the south of the country.
I have witnessed the aurora borealis a few times. The vibrant hues are fleeting. Colours of green, red and purple quickly waltz across the sky, but it’s one breathtaking moment I will never forget.
Apparently, if you are quiet and attentive in the Canadian countryside, it is possible to not only see the Northern Lights but to hear them. According to a friend, the aurora borealis sounds like a whispered zing. To me it seems like it would be like listening to an echo of the divine, singing joyful praise through the universe. The northern lights almost do seem like angels, to me. Here is a Finnish recording, taken 70 m off the ground, with microphones.
“The voice of the aurora is still a great mystery,” added Ned Rozell, in an Alaska Science Forum discussion of auroral muttering. “Tom Hallinan, a professor of geophysics at the Geophysical Institute, has studied the aurora for decades. He said he’s heard the aurora and has talked to many others who have.
“ ‘There’s something going on,’ Hallinan said of the aurora’s whisper. ‘It’s scientifically unreasonable, yet people do hear it.’”
Copyright 2014 Melanie Jean Juneau