The Merry Dancers

  • Patrick Moore


I first saw the Northern Lights in 1938 – not from Norway, but from my then home time, East Grinstead in Sussex. It was a beautifully clear winter evening and the whole sky was glowing a brilliant red. I wondered whether there could be a huge fire somewhere in Ashdown Forest, and it took me several minutes to realise that I was being treated to a brilliant display of aurora. After all, a Roman emperor, the much-maligned Tiberius, once made the same mistake when he sent his fire-fighters to quench what he thought was a huge blaze in the port of Ostia.


Magnetic Pole Faroe Islander Solar Terrestrial Relation Flickering Light Roman Emperor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Moore
    • 1
  1. 1.FarthingsSelseyUK

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