Thursday, January 26, 2012

Updated: Video links: Northern lights ("revontulet") in Finland

FINLAND -- The Finnish Web site posted a news report with a video clip of northern lights (revontulet) over Finland this week. Click here for the video clip.

Thanks to one of our readers, Annukka Vepsäläinen of Turku, Finland, for the link and the following explanation of the word revontulet, northern lights in Finnish:

"Northern lights are revontulet," Annukka writes. "It's a kind of funny name for them -- repo (revon is the genitive form of the word) is an old-fashioned name for a fox. Tuli (tulet is the plural form) is fire. So altogether it's the fires of the fox!"

Update: Annukka adds, for a really great YouTube video of revontulet photographed from Finnish Lapland in 2011, click here.

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