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Aurora - Fire In The Sky

Airs Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Aurora australis. Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora...

Credit: Courtesy of Stephen Voss; ©Terra Mater

Above: Aurora australis. Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow that often brightens the night sky in Earth’s polar regions.

Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow in the night sky.

In Earth’s polar regions, the aurora — a ghostly flicker and colorful glow — mysteriously brightens the night sky. One of the most incredible natural phenomena in the world, the array of colors of the aurora is a source of endless theory and wonder.

What creates such beauty and spectacle?

“Aurora - Fire In The Sky,” a one-hour documentary, links popular myths to the aurora’s physical effects on the natural world.

For some tribes, it is the spirit of ancestors playing ball in the sky; for others, it’s a harbinger of war, plague and famine.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Stephen Voss; ©Terra Mater

Aurora australis. Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow that often brightens the night sky in Earth’s polar regions.

The film visits Finland’s Saami, Alaska’s Inuit, Canada’s Native Americans and New Zealand’s Maori, each with legends of their own.

The film travels the globe, incorporating scientific research and myth, to share with viewers the awe-inspiring mystery of the aurora.

Inuit Myth

The inhabitants of the Polar Regions give their say, as they have their own historically passed down explanations regarding this fascinating natural spectacle. Legends such as the “Spirits playing ball in the sky” that have been passed down come to life in this aurora documentary – by means of specially designed, sophisticated computer graphics.

Artificial Aurora

The film investigates the causes of the aurora while highlighting the scientific background and scientific aspects. Numerous large research institutions study the polar lights – the film team visits aurora researchers in the Norwegian city of Tromsø. Besides fascination, the scientists definitely also have sound reasons for seeking to gain a more precise understanding of the natural phenomenon.

Official Trailer

In Earth’s polar regions, the aurora — a ghostly flicker and colorful glow — mysteriously brightens the night sky. One of the most incredible natural phenomena in the world, the array of colors of the aurora is a source of endless theory and wonder. What creates such beauty and spectacle?

Produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios. Written and directed by Ivo Filatsch. Executive producer is Sabine Holzer.

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