the aurora australis

The green, ghostly light seems suddenly to spring to life with rosy blushes. There is infinite suggestion in this phenomenon, and in that lies its charm – the suggestion of life, form, color and movement – never less than evanescent — mysterious — no reality. It is the language of mystic signs and portents — the inspiration of the gods — wholly spiritual — divine signaling – remindful of superstition – provocative of imagination. Might not the inhabitants of some other world – Mars? – controlling mighty forces, thus surround our globe with fiery symbols – a golden writing – which we have not the key to decipher?

· Robert Falcon Scott, 1911 journal, describing the aurora australis