It's been too long since I've posted here. I've been trying to get back at it for a while now, but it's amazing how difficult it is to regain momentum on something once it's gone. So, in an attempt to get it back, I'm just jumping in.
Aurora borealis takes its name from the name of the Roman goddess, Aurora, the goddess of Dawn, and the Greek word for the north wind, "boreas". The effect occurs at both the north and south poles. On the card above the term is actually misspelled.
I saw the aurora borealis from a plane, once, when flying from San Francisco to London. It was (they were?) spectacular, but seeing this phenomenon remains on my bucket list - I'd like to view it from the ground.