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celamity: (sunset)
Friday, October 2nd, 2009 08:42 am
The media that reported that the aurora would vanish from here within 50 years (oh noes!) have now been pointed towards more reputable sources, which amongst other things, explained that the pole on the surface is not the exact pole itself, and that the diameter of the aurora oval around the pole changes size and shape according to other factors as well.

Thus, the media have retracted their original story. (Apparently, the tourist industry up here is now allowed to breathe a sigh of relief.)

I, for one, feel vindicated in my original belief that there was something fishy and oversimplistic about the story as first presented :)
celamity: (lizzie)
Thursday, September 17th, 2009 08:45 pm
Today, one of the web newspapers ran a story about how it was just discovered that Northern Norway will supposedly lose its aurora borealis over the next 20-50 years, and that it will instead move south, due to magnetic North Pole moving north and then into Siberia.

Having an unclear notion of how one thing moving north could cause a thing that trails it to move south, I googled, and found this page, from 2008, which shows the magnetic pole moving in the direction of the part of Siberia that is near Norway (and not, say, the region near Vladivostok). Thus, in moving north from its current location, the magnetic pole is moving towards Norway, which will eventually cause what the article claimed. Fair enough. But hey, looks like this is something that was a well established fact a year ago, doesn't it?

I also found this story from 2005, which is apparently when this great movement towards Siberia was actually discovered.

So much for breaking news.

(And unlike the newspaper article today, I am not puzzled as to why tourist agencies are not in a panic over this brand new information.)
celamity: (sunset)
Saturday, August 8th, 2009 03:00 pm
My younger brother visited us for the weekend of July 25th. July 25th was supposed to be the day the sun finally set again, so we drove to a place on the outside of Kvaløy that had a clear view to the north, and sat down to watch (it was a very pleasant night, with the temperature just barely dipping below 20 C).

The following ensued: )

Why this happenend?

Sunset times tend to be listed as when the center of the sun sets, not when the entire disc is out of sight. If we had had time the following day (which we didn't, as I needed sleep before my work week) we would have seen it actually set.

For as long as I have lived here, I've not thought of the midnight sun as anything but a sleep preventer - after all, most of the time it just looks like the daytime sun - but I have wanted to see it set and rise like this. While I didn't quite get to see it set, this is pretty much what I've wanted to see for four years :)