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There are some things out there that science quite simply cannot explain. However, there are a damn sight more things that science can absolutely explain. One of those things is the northern and southern lights.
The Aurora Borealis (At this time of year? At this part of the day? In this part of the country? Localised entirely in your kitchen?) and Aurora Australis - the southern version - are wonders of the natural world.
Thousands of people travel to Northern Europe each year to witness the full glory of the Northern Lights, but inexplicable, they ain't.
In fact, they're pretty simple to explain. The earth has a magnetic field that causes solar particles to be attracted to the poles. There, they are interspersed with nitrogen and oxygen particles which causes that lovely glow when colourful photons are released.
OK, so it's not that simple, but we know it to be true, because - well - because science.
According to these guys, the earth is a flat plate upon which the sun and moon rotate. The earth is also surrounded by a gigantic ice wall. Seriously, you could lose days reading up about all of the stuff that the flat earth community believes instead of modern science.
Anyway, perhaps unsurprisingly, they've got another one of their 'unique' takes to explain away how the lights are formed.
Wrap your head around this.
The official Flat Earth Society says: "On the Flat Earth the Aurora, also commonly referred to as the southern and northern lights, are a luminous atmoplanic phenomenon that generally appear as bright colourful bands of light. Auroras are often visible in the night sky in both the northern and southern hemidisks of the Earth.
"Auroras are believed to be caused by charged high energy particles from the solar winds that are trapped within the magnetic field of the Earth. As these charged particles spiral back and forth along the lines of the magnetic field, they become visible nearest to the north and south magnetic poles where these magnetic lines become vertical and interact with the atmoplane of the Earth.
They continue: "The bright visually pleasing colours commonly associated with auroras are the result of electrons colliding with oxygen and nitrogen molecules in the Earth's atmoplane. As these molecules become energized, then cool from their energized state, they emit actual light that can be seen by the naked human eye.
"Auroras, both the northern and southern lights, can most frequently and easily be seen during the winter months within a 2500 km radius of the vertical magnetic field lines. This area is also known as the auroral zone."
Get that? Of course, you didn't. That's not your fault though. Some of those words aren't really words and the whole thing is - as you've no doubt guessed - utter horseshite.
Unless we're all the ones who are stupid and they are actually trying to hide the true nature of reality from us....
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