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Q: How to build an Aurora Borealis Generating Machine ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: How to build an Aurora Borealis Generating Machine
Category: Science > Astronomy
Asked by: computerguy38024-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 31 Mar 2005 21:40 PST
Expires: 30 Apr 2005 22:40 PDT
Question ID: 503482
I would like a detailed set of instructions on how to build an aurora
borealis generator as shown here:
Information that I would like is as follows:

A detailed parts list of things that I will need for this project
possibly including price and place to purchase the items.

A set of instructions on how to assemble the device. Doesn't have to
be lengthly, just general pointers of constructing the device.

I know someone out there has to know how to do this, and I appreciate the help!

Clarification of Question by computerguy38024-ga on 31 Mar 2005 21:43 PST
A kit or an already built device may be acceptable as an answer if
they are of a good quality and value.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: How to build an Aurora Borealis Generating Machine
From: kevlar-ga on 21 Apr 2005 00:10 PDT
The Aurora Bourealis is simply charged particles colliding with gas in
the upper atmosphere.  The charged particles are forced into a tight
region by the Earth's magnetic field.  This is demonstrated for you on
a daily basis in your home, school, work in the form of a light bulb. 
The color for the aurora borealis depends on what kind of gas the
charged particles are colliding with.  Nitrogen produces red photons,
while oxygen produces green photons.

You can simulate an aurora by taking a strong magnet and holding it up
to a neon or ultra-violet light.  The magnetic field will restrict the
"aurora" and manipulate its shape.
Subject: Re: How to build an Aurora Borealis Generating Machine
From: computerguy38024-ga on 21 Apr 2005 11:31 PDT

Thanks for the clarification of theory on the subject, but I already
understand the basics of the mechanism.  What I need to know is the
application <parts list, sources> of it so I can build a nice sturdy
machine specifically designed to create the effect just like in the
afforementioned website.


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