Aurora: Earth’s Little Wonder

An aurora, sometimes referred to as a polar light, is a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions. Auroras are produced when the magnetosphere is sufficiently disturbed by the solar wind that the trajectories of charged particles in both solar wind and magnetospheric plasma, mainly in the form of electrons and protons, precipitate them into the upper atmosphere (thermosphere/exosphere), where their energy is lost. The resulting ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents emits light of varying color and complexity. The form of the aurora, occurring within bands around both polar regions, is also dependent on the amount of acceleration imparted to the precipitating particles. Precipitating protons generally produce optical emissions as incident hydrogen atoms after gaining electrons from the atmosphere. Proton auroras are usually observed at lower latitudes.  Continue reading Aurora: Earth’s Little Wonder

Present

A few days ago I stumbled on a quote from Eckhart Tolle that made me think a lot about my life. He once said: “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” I used to believe that I’m one of those people who doesn’t care about the past nor the future and that I’m living only in the present. But after a lot of thinking, it’s safe to say that I’ve been mistaken. All this time my focus was the future and all the possible outcomes that could happen, making me completely lose sense of the present. Continue reading Present

Buddha: Thoughts About Life, Happiness And Fulfillness

Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE. The word Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one”. “Buddha” is also used as a title for the first awakened being in a Yuga era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha (Pali sammāsambuddha, Sanskrit samyaksaṃbuddha) of the present age. Gautama taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and the severe asceticism found in the śramaṇa movement common in his region. He later taught throughout regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kosala. Continue reading Buddha: Thoughts About Life, Happiness And Fulfillness