The colorful light of the aurora borealis appears in the sparsely populated polar regions of the North, during the long winter nights. Little is known about this ethereal occurrence, which gives dazzling displays of ghostly light and movement. – The author has spent years studying the aurora and in this book he reveals the mythology that surrounds the aurora in different northern cultures, as well as the science behind the phenomenon, as it has developed through history. In addition, Falck-Ytter records responses to the aurora, from Aristotle to modern geophysicists, and from various cultures and traditions, thus charting the gradual understanding of this most awe-inspiring experience. Demonstrating the influence of the sun in the creation of the aurora, Falck-Ytter also compares the northern lights with other light phenomena such as lightning and rainbows. – Beautifully illustrated, this book gives a comprehensive understanding of a mysterious dynamic that has fascinated and alarmed northern communities throughout the ages.