© 1983

The Northern Light

From Mythology to Space Research


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Asgeir Brekke, Alv Egeland
    Pages 1-9
  3. Asgeir Brekke, Alv Egeland
    Pages 10-22
  4. Asgeir Brekke, Alv Egeland
    Pages 24-33
  5. Asgeir Brekke, Alv Egeland
    Pages 87-102
  6. Asgeir Brekke, Alv Egeland
    Pages 103-110
  7. Asgeir Brekke, Alv Egeland
    Pages 155-156
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 157-170

About this book


In Nordic literature a remarkable discussion of the northern light appears in Kongespeilet (The King's Mirror) a thirteenth-century Norwegian chronicle. It is described in vivid detail as the following translated excerpts demonstrate: These northern lights have this peculiar nature, that the darker the night is, the brighter they seem, and they always appear at night but never by day, most frequently in the densest darkness and rarely by moonlight. In appearance they resemble a vast flame of fire viewed from a great distance. It also looks as if sharp points were shot from this flame up into the sky; these are of uneven height and in constant motion, now one, now another darting highest; and the light appears to blaze like a living flame. Three different theories for the origin of the northern light were suggested in this book. Numerous naturally occurring heavenly phenomena have been observed and enjoyed as long as the Earth has been inhabited, but hardly any of them has stirred man's imagination, curiosity and fear as much as the northern light. The northern light is certainly one of the most spectacular of nature's phenomena.


Light Meteorology Polarlicht Polarlicht /i. d. Literatur Sharp Skandinavien /Literatur, Literaturgeschichte Skandinavien /Meteorologie Storm Weather atmosphere constant distance radiation satellite wind

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Mathematical and Physical SciencesUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Institute of PhysicsUniversity of OsloBlindern, Oslo 3Norway

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Northern Light
  • Book Subtitle From Mythology to Space Research
  • Authors A. Brekke
    A. Egeland
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-12429-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-69108-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-69106-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 170
  • Number of Illustrations 97 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Norwegian original edition published by Grondahl and Son Forlag, Oslo 1979
  • Topics Atmospheric Sciences
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