BRIGHT SPARK

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WE use elec­tric­ity ev­ery sin­gle day. But where does it come from? And how did we dis­cover it in the first place?

Elec­tric­ity is ac­tu­ally a nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non, and one of the first places it was seen was in the spec­tac­u­lar au­ro­ras that can some­times be seen in the sky. These beau­ti­ful sights are caused when par­ti­cles, elec­tri­cally charged by the sun, in­ter­act with oxy­gen and ni­tro­gen mol­e­cules in the Earth’s at­mos­phere. This in­ter­ac­tion re­leases pho­tons of light that ap­pear to dance across a night sky.

An im­age of an au­rora is one of the first things you’ll see in the Elec­tric­ity: The Spark Of

Life ex­hi­bi­tion at the Science and In­dus­try Mu­seum in Man­ches­ter. The ex­hi­bi­tion is one of the head­lin­ers for this year’s Man­ches­ter Science Fes­ti­val.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit sci­ence­andin­dus­try­mu­seum.org.uk.

A stun­ning au­rora dis­play

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