Welcome to my virtual A to Z tour of Alaska. In doing research for Cold Justice, I ran across a ton of wonderful information I wanted to share with you. Some I used in the book, some I didn't, but I found it all fascinating.
The picture above is the aurora borealis. I've never seen this elegant, heavenly art show. But I've often wondered what made it happen. Here's some of what I learned.
The aurora borealis happens in the Arctic region (an aurora happens in the antarctic, but the borealis has to do with the north) and is caused when particles charged with energy and atoms collide in high altitudes. In 1621 Pierre Gassenda named the effect after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name of the north wind, Boreas.
I've only seen this spectacular event through the eyes of my characters, Regi and Samuel. At the time, they were apart, but the lights in the heavens drew their attention and in their hearts they believed the other one was seeing the phenomenon in the night sky. It was a link that gave them hope that they would be together again.
Wouldn't it be awesome to actually see the aurora borealis in person? I imagine many of you have. I'd love to hear about your experience.