Northern Lights from the UK: Norfolk, Essex and Scotland skies glow with Aurora Borealis [via Nina Reznick]
The astronomical phenomenon was spotted as far south as Essex
Northern lights were spotted over parts of the UK on Thursday night.
Also known as Aurora Borealis, the lights have been visible as far south as Essex, where it is unusual for the spectacle to be seen, according to BBC News.
They have also been spotted in Norfolk on the west coast, and in South Wales.
AuroraWatch UK, a group run by the Space Physicists at Lancaster University which posts alerts on Twitter when the Northern Lights are visible in Britain, tweeted that there were “many” sightings in Scotland and northern England at around 9pm.
The ethereal light displays are caused by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter into the earth’s atmosphere.
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Nothing is constant but change! All existence is a perpetual flux of ‘being and becoming!’ That is the broad lesson of the evolution of the world. – Ernst Haeckel
Inspired by the beautifully detailed drawings of the German biologist, Ernst Haeckel, Diaz and Hilden’s lamp cover is made up of many rootlike structures, mirrored around the horizontal central access. The two say that they were attempting to invert the traditional notion of a sculpture. Rather than observing the sculpture from the outside, the sculpture surrounds its observer:
With Forms In Nature we wanted to create much the same feeling one might have when standing in a magnificent forest surrounded by nature. What I like about Forms In Nature is that you are not looking at the art-piece, but rather you are present in it and surrounded by it through the light and the shadows.
When I saw it, I thought to myself, “Man, I want one of those.” And it turns out that I’m not the only one. In the comments section of their site (and anywhere else the work is mentioned on the web), there are a large number of people who would happily purchase one for the right price, so much so that the duo says that it will launch a crowd-funding campaign to produce multiple copies. Flood their inbox with orders here.
And, now, I’ll leave you with some words of Ernst Haeckel, as true today in modern America as they were in 19th Century Germany:
Yet it is an astonishing fact that the science of the evolution of man does not even yet form part of the scheme of general education. In fact, educated people even in our day are for the most part quite ignorant of the important truths and remarkable phenomena which anthropogeny teaches us.