Tuesday, December 27, 2005

107. Alaska to lose the Northern Lights??

According to the newspaper, the northern magnetic pole is moving further north. That means that the northern lights are going to move with it. Scientists predict that this will happen over the next 50 years. The northern lights will move more over Siberia, and will rarely be seen in Alaska. This is because of shifts in the inside of the earth. (It has nothing to do with global warming.) It is not definite; the trend could stop, reverse itself, or go another way.

Here is a link to an article on the topic http://www.adn.com/front/story/7315336p-7227063c.html

Comments:
The magnetic north pole is wandering as it's always done. Right now, it's over arctic Canada, east of Alaska. If it wanders toward Siberia, it should strengthen the northern lights phenomenon over Alaska as the pole wanders across the state. If the pole merely wanders northward, it should not benefit Siberia any more than it does Alaska.

Here's a story I like better than ADN's. It even has a map that shows the pole's migration through the years.

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/
y2003/29dec_magneticfield.htm
 
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