Iowa State University Dept of Physics & Astronomy
3. THEME: Vibrant, Colorful, Saturated
4. I’ve always been fascinated aurora borealises, I think it’s crazy that such a beautiful phenomenon can just exist in the natural world! The neon greens, blues, purples and pinks look as though they would be better suited to a street in downtown Tokyo than in the flat lands of Iowa! I’ve never been witness to so beautiful an event, but truthfully I would probably withstand a trip to Iowa- or another equally wretched state- in order to see one! Seeing these colors in nature, I start to think about why neon colors are so popular for different things; these colors at first remind me of early teenagers, then the eighties, then a big Eastern/ Oriental city- like Tokyo or Hong Kong. Yet, long before dyes or neon lights and glow sticks were even conceived of, the earth’s magnetic fields have been trapping gases and whatnot to produce this stunning and vibrant display.