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Northern Lights

When I was a freshman in college, I took a couple of <a href="http://www.astr.ua.edu/">astronomy classes</a> from some wonderfully energetic, enthusiastic astronomers (was very fortunate in that respect). I remember that I had the weirdest sensation whenever I looked up at the sky for a long time after those classes. I was filled with this sense of energy, of being so miniscule, even a dizzying feeling of weightlessness…like I would fall off the earth and float through space if I was not careful. A truly neat feeling! Tonight I saw the <a href="http://www.visit-sweden.com/gb/article.asp?show=a&articleID=12625">northern lights</a> for the first time, although I have been living in Sweden for a little over three years. I looked up and noticed this shimmering whitish light moving through the sky like a misty spirit looking for something lost long ago. I got the same feeling of light headed elation that I remember from those long ago balmy evenings spent on top of the astronomy building. It was a wonderful change of mood from the general depressed feeling I had been working through all day. In an instant I was happy, energetic, and full of stars. There is something magical about our universe, something that makes me feel totally insignificant in a wonderful way.

January 23, 2004 | Permalink

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