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Aurora : the northern lights in mythology, history, and science

Author: Harald Falck-Ytter
Publisher: Hudson, NY : Bell Pond Books, 1999, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Pbk. ed., abridged]View all editions and formats
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During long winter nights, the light of the aurora borealis appears over the sparcely populated north. Little is known, however, about these dazzling displays of ghostly light and movement. The author discusses the history, mythology, and science behind auroras. Demonstrating the influence of the sun in the aurora's creation, he also compares the northern lights with phenomena such as lightning and rainbows.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harald Falck-Ytter
ISBN: 0880104686 9780880104685
OCLC Number: 45742996
Notes: Abridged from the 1st ed. published: Edinburgh : Floris Books, 1985.
Description: 143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Polarlicht.
Northern lights in mythology, history, and science
Responsibility: Harald Falck-Ytter ; photographs by Torbjörn Lövgren ; [translated by Robin Alexander].

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During long winter nights, the light of the aurora borealis appears over the sparcely populated north. Little is known, however, about these dazzling displays of ghostly light and movement. The author discusses the history, mythology, and science behind auroras. Demonstrating the influence of the sun in the aurora's creation, he also compares the northern lights with phenomena such as lightning and rainbows. Lavishly illustrated with numerous color and black and white pictures, Aurora offers a comprehensive understanding of a mysterious dynamic that has fascinated and even alarmed northern communities through the ages.

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