General Knowledge Trivia Quiz

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You light up my sky

The Latin name for the Northern Lights is Aurora Borealis. The Southern Lights are called:

A) Aurora Australis
B) Aurora Copernicus
C) Aurora Orientalis
D) Aurora Sudensis

Your answer — B) Aurora Copernicus — was incorrect.

Both the Northern and Southern Lights are created when the solar wind — the stream of charged particles emitted by the Sun — interacts with the gases in Earth’s upper atmosphere. This produces electrical discharges, which cause the atoms of gas to give off light of various colors, predominantly green and pink. On June 3, 2003 a science officer on the International Space Station photographed the green bands of Aurora Australis from space.

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