Did you see the Black Moon and Northern Lights last night September 30, 2016?
If you did, tell us about it. If you didn’t, can you tell us about a time you did see either one?
Good background info thanks Shar.
Haven’t ever seen the Northern lights.
Has been a few years since seeing a display of the Southern Aurora, and I have seen them about 20 times from my home here in Kaikoura, and once from Christchurch and once from Invercargil.
The human brain is tuned to find pattern, especially in respect of emotionally charged incidents, so we tend to accumulate a lot of “superstitions” in life. From an evolutionary perspective, such “false positives” are a small price to pay. In the evolutionary context of survival, it can be worth carrying quite a few avoidance mechanisms that are not required, if there are a few amongst them that really do avoid life threatening danger – hence we are particularly susceptible to superstitions around death and danger.
With modern tools we can debunk most of the mistaken ones, and sometimes the events are sufficiently rare that it is hard to get decent information one way or the other. Sometimes we just need to accept uncertainty.
If in doubt, I tend to go with my intuitions, and if I have time, I usually make the effort to check them out.
And reality seems to be sufficiently complex that sometimes things really are random and unpredictable. Sometimes Sh*t happens, and there simply is no reasonable way of avoiding it.