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January 31, 2011

Top 5 Astronomical Events to See Before you Die!!

Hi Everyone!

I think astronomy is so intriguing for me because I am totally in awe of how massive our universe is compared how miniscule we are as human beings. When I look out into the sky, I stare in awe over how miraculous our universe really is. It's beautiful and truly unbelievable. Yet it is there, and I would love to experience as much of it as possible before I die. I found this awesome site that shows 5 astronomical events that we should all witness before death. I have yet to see them all, but if I had to choose one, it would be the Aurora, or the Northern Lights. The sky looks so beautiful in all of the pictures I have seen, and one can witness the event once a year in Alaska. Halley's Comet also looks amazing, but according to the site, we may not be able to see it again until 2061! While the link contains information on a few astronomical events, I know that there are many more that would be just as amazing. So what other astronomical events would you like to witness before you die? I know I want to see it all!

Here's the link;


Posted by alymro at January 31, 2011 11:28 PM


I agree! Aurora, The Northern Lights, look amazing from all the pictures! I think it is very interesting to see how the interaction of the solar winds with the earth's magnetic fields makes such a beautiful display of colors! I would love to go to Alaska and see this before I die!

Posted by: jnscott at February 1, 2011 11:41 AM

Yeah, the northern lights look breathtaking in pictures and after seeing them minimally in southeastern michigan, it must be AMAZING close to the origins in Alaska. Also, that picture of Halley's Comet is superb! Hopefully I'll still be around for the next passing in '61. Finally, a total SOLAR eclipse is definitely my number one for several reasons: one, because it's so rare and you have to be perfectly positioned(as we went over in class and homework 1), and two, the dramatic climatic change being compared to a vacuum sounds terrifyingly beautiful, if you know what I mean (with the instant night, gusts of winds, etc). It would sure add to the goose bumps of the sighting!

Posted by: ddeemidd at February 1, 2011 12:38 PM

I agree with ddeemidd. Although the Aurora is beautiful, the solar eclipse is just so rare! It'd be cool to see a huge shadow take over the sun and leave everything in darkness and silence for a moment. I've seen a lunar eclipse, which is pretty cool how the moon turns blood red, but it's nothing to compare with the solar eclipse.

Posted by: brdoss at February 1, 2011 03:14 PM

I agree with everyone. Aurora would be so beautiful to see! How bright is the Aurora to people on the ground? Does it make them feel like it's dusk or daytime? I also always wondered, do other planets have the Aurora?

Posted by: ninagav at February 1, 2011 08:56 PM

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