A controversial new study was released this week that states observers of aurora borealis should really perk up their ears and listen for eerie sounds from these cosmic fireworks shows. A Finnish researcher has been able to record baffling ‘clapping’ sounds that appear to be directly connected to intense northern lights episodes.
While this new evidence looks quite convincing, the researcher believes that the best is yet to come. Within the next year the sun’s activity will continue to increase as it reaches its 11 year peak called solar maximum in 2013. Already this past year has seen a pretty noticeable uptick in the number and size of sunspots and monster solar flares peppering the Sun’s surface. This has resulted in more frequent and intense auroras being visible in southerly latitudes that usually don’t see much sky activity.
Now the Finnish scientist is banking on this increased aurora activity coupled with the popularity of mobile recording devices like smartphones and iPads translating into more chances for skywatchers to hear and record something than ever before.
“One of the motivations in publicizing these new findings is to wake skywatchers up to keep their ears open and make those observations – using mobile devices and even their home video cameras,” says the researcher.
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