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Aurora pp 137-150 | Cite as

Early observers and theorists of the aurora classed it along with other atmospheric phenomena as a “meteor.” In common with many of his other ideas that remained unchallenged until well into the sixteenth century, Aristotle’s fourth century BC view of these events being the result of ignition of rising vapors belowthe innermost celestial sphere prevailed for some time. An alternative, proposed by the Roman philosopher Seneca in his Questiones Naturales, was that aurorae were flames viewed through chasmata—cracks in the heavenly firmament.

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

Abstract

Early observers and theorists of the aurora classed it along with other atmospheric phenomena as a “meteor.” In common with many of his other ideas that remained unchallenged until well into the sixteenth century, Aristotle’s fourth century BC view of these events being the result of ignition of rising vapors belowthe innermost celestial sphere prevailed for some time. An alternative, proposed by the Roman philosopher Seneca in his Questiones Naturales, was that aurorae were flames viewed through chasmata—cracks in the heavenly firmament.

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Solar Wind Coronal Mass Ejection Coronal Hole Sunspot Cycle Auroral Oval 
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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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