“Visions of the Shimmering Night,” audio only video by Adam Zwig, from his fifth solo album, ‘Visions of the Shimmering Night‘ – a 12 song collection of original, heartfelt folk-pop vision songs produced by Grammy Winners Stuart Sikes and David Bianco.
This is a film of the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in the Yukon, Canada.
These dancing lights are created by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun and gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere.The variations in color are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The most common is a pale yellowish-green, which is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above the earth. Rare, all-red auroras are produced by high-altitude oxygen, at heights of up to 200 miles. Nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.
‘Aurora borealis’, the lights of the northern hemisphere, means ‘dawn of the north’. ‘Aurora australis’, the lights of the southern hemisphere, means ‘dawn of the south’. In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. In medieval times, the occurrences of auroral displays were seen as harbingers of war or famine. The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed that the lights indicated the location of manabai’wok (giants) who were the spirits of great hunters and fishermen. The Inuit of Alaska believed that the lights were the spirits of the animals they hunted: the seals, salmon, deer and beluga whales. Other aboriginal peoples believed that the lights were the spirits of their people.
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