Sunday Space: The journey of the aurora

By Aman Chopra
Updated July 1 2021 - 2:57pm, first published January 9 2021 - 5:30pm
Aurora borealis as seen at Kirkjufell, Iceland. Picture: Shutterstock

Greenlandic Inuit believed the aurora borealis, commonly known as the northern lights, were the dancing spirits of children who died during birth. There is also the equally impressive display in the Southern Hemisphere, known as the aurora australis or the southern lights, which is often visible from Tasmania. There have even been reports further north near Canberra of sightings of it.