Sunday, May 07, 2023

COLOUR SUPPLEMENT: Northern Lights, by JD

Here is a 'multi media' presentation of the Northern Lights; a video, a painting and a song!

Unfortunately the National Gallery of Canada will not allow me to copy the painting and I can't find it elsewhere. There are others but they do not have the same effect.

Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights

Here is one of Tom Thomson's paintings of the aurora; one of several he did. It is in the National Gallery of Canada, Thomson being Canadian. This from Wiki:

"Thomas John Thomson (August 5, 1877 – July 8, 1917) was a Canadian artist active in the early 20th century. During his short career, he produced roughly 400 oil sketches on small wood panels and approximately 50 larger works on canvas. His works consist almost entirely of landscapes, depicting trees, skies, lakes, and rivers. He used broad brush strokes and a liberal application of paint to capture the beauty and colour of the Ontario landscape. Thomson's accidental death by drowning at 39 shortly before the founding of the Group of Seven is seen as a tragedy for Canadian art."

And another by the same artist:

The aurora is an effect of the sun's activity, waves of electro-magnetic radiation emitted by solar storms. The intensity of the 'storm' affects the brightness of the aurora.

But what happens if the solar storm is so intense that the pulse of radiation affects electrical supply on earth as happened in 1859? 

The Carrington Event affected the new telegraph system of communication but, that apart, life carried on much as before. But what will happen when the next one comes? And it will come, there is no doubt that it will happen. Well, some communities will be unaffected-

Renaissance - Northern Lights

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