Aurora pp 105-127 | Cite as

Historical Aurorae and More Recent Events

  • Neil Bone
Part of the PatrickMoore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


It is extremely unfortunate that the spread of artificial light pollution, accompanying population growth, has decreased mankind’s general awareness of astronomical phenomena, including the aurora. Few city dwellers have ever seen the Milky Way, for example, and in many locations in the civilized world, only the very brightest stars and planets may be seen. In built-up areas, all but the very brightest aurorae will be swamped by the all-pervasive background sky glow. This was not always the case, however, and historical records show that the aurora was a phenomenon well-known in antiquity when skies were darker.


Solar Wind Geomagnetic Storm Sunspot Cycle Sunspot Activity Light Pollution 
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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil Bone
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  1. 1.‘The Harepath’ Mile End Lane Apulduram ChichesterWest SussexUK

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