28 October 2003

Solar ejection headed our way

See here for the latest images of the sun, which is sending a coronal mass ejection our way. Although this could disrupt satellite communications tomorrow, we could also be treated to a rare display of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, as it is often called.

I have seen the aurora borealis only once in my life. This was in the autumn of 1978 at a monastery near King City, north of Toronto. It was an impressive phenomenon, to say the least. The very next morning we awoke to hear the news that Pope John Paul I, Albino Luciani, had died the previous night after one of the shortest papacies on record. A rather odd coincidence.

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