Magazine article Multicultural Education

Stories of the Aurora

Magazine article Multicultural Education

Stories of the Aurora

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Stories of the Aurora Stories of the Aurora By Joan Marie Galat Illustr. Lorna Bennett Whitecap Books; ages 9-13

Both entertaining and educational, this book begins with a description of the mysterious and eerie lights that sometimes undulate across the night sky near the earth's magnetic poles. Though our ancestors all had mythic explanations for the aurora, science can help us understand how a magnetic storm on the sun blows off plasma particles that race outwards and, a few days later, interact with the magnetic field of our planet. When the particles collide with oxygen or other elements in the high atmosphere, the molecules release light.

In this book, beautiful illustrations accompany folklore about the aurora from many different cultures. Earlier civilizations believed that events in the sky were generated by the spirit world and had an immediate effect on human affairs. …

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