chapter  17
Glows and Atmospheric Effects
WithPatrick Moore
Pages 5

Aurora or polar lights (Aurora Borealis in the northern hemisphere, Aurora Australis in the southern) must have been observed from early times, since they are often strikingly brilliant. The Northern and Southern Lights are of the same type, but obviously the northern displays are better known, because the Southern Lights are not well seen from inhabited countries. They are sometimes visible from the southern parts of South America and New Zealand, and occasionally from South Africa, but most of the displays over the ages must have been enjoyed only by penguins.