Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kick Off of Alaska A to Z

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.



  1. Great blog! Oh how I envy writers. Congratulations on the upcoming new book. It sounds intriguing!
    I'm visiting as being one of Thelmaz 26 chosen from the A to Z Challenge. Congratulations on making her list, too.
    I have seen the Northern Lights....nothing as spectacular as your photo. We live in New Brunswick and occasionally we do see them here, but mostly as the cooler Autumn weather approaches.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

    1. Kathy,
      I'm envious that you've seen the Northern Lights. I'm going to have another post about some of the folklore surrounding them later on this month.

      Thanks for stopping by. And congrats to you as well for making Thelmaz' list. J

  2. I saw the Northern Lights when I was up north at a cottage. I love in Ontario and I wasn't actually all that far north (maybe a 2 hour drive from Toronto). They were absolutely for sure the most stunning and freaky things I have ever seen. They literally changed colours right before our eyes - green, purple, etc. etc. Definitely up there as one of my top memories in life! Great post and congratulations on getting through the challenge!



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