Mystery of the Skies: The Northern Lights

Well done to Martha for their creative submission that explores the mystery behind the Northern Lights. Take a look at their cover letter below:

For my entry I have to decided to make a video explaining the Physics behind the magical Northern Lights. I believe that this is a very well known phenomenon that not many people don’t understand why it occurs. I think it is safe to say many people have sat up late on certain nights in order to try catch a glimpse of the aurora, most not seeing anything but most hoping one day they will be lucky enough to experience it. This led me to wonder why it occurs and I thought Physics could help explain this mystery. This is also a relevant topic to Earth’s current climate as the Sun is currently more active in its cycle. Meaning it is more likely to occur and therefore there it a chance it can be seen in most parts of the UK on some nights.