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