The color of the Aurora depends on the altitude and the atom being struck by solar radiation (causing excitation). At higher altitudes, there is more Atomic Oxygen than Nitrogen, leading to the common color stratifications you see.
500-200 km altitude
— Atomic Oxygen — Red
— Atomic Oxygen — Greenish-Yellow
— Ionized Nitrogen — Blue/Purple
— Nitrogen (N2) — Crimson
Oxygen only emits red at higher altitudes because once it’s excited, it takes a longer time to emit red than it does green. Why is that important? Well, at lower altitudes there is more Nitrogen for the Oxygen to bump into and absorb that excitation-energy before it gets a chance to emit red light. In this case, where the collision occurs, the Oxygen will emit Green and at low enough altitudes the Nitrogen-Oxygen collisions eventually prevent Oxygen from emitting any light at all.
… I want to see this for real someday, before I die.
During stronger storms, high energy solar particles will reach lower in the atmosphere and cause the Crimson emission from Nitrogen, creating a deep-red band at the lower edge of the aurora. Other elements emit light too, like Hydrogen (Blue) or Helium (Purple) which are at higher altitudes.
In her preface to LOLITA, Mary Gaitskill reflects on a review by Vanity Fair’s Gregor von Rezzori in which he calls the novel: “The only convincing love story of the century (via dollymyfolly)
I once knew a woman whose takeaway from Lolita was “women are so manipulative, they’ll do anything to get what they want from a man”
I couldn’t even say anything, clearly there was some deep shit going on there so I just backed away, but I have seen this angle reflected in literary analysis, though framed more as “the New World (Lolita, America) corrupting the Old (Humbert, Europe)” — which, yes, there’s a lot of stuff in there about nationality and national character but maybe it’s primarily a story about how men can be monsters
it takes a lot of effort to misread Lolita this badly, I mean, Dolly clearly states that she’s being raped and kept prisoner, Humbert himself knows that she hates him and that she cries herself to sleep every single night, he knows what he’s doing is wrong and he says so even in the midst of his unreliable narration so you really just have to think that it’s okay for a grown man to rape a 12-year-old in order to think this is a love story
That vanity fair blurb is a travesty & so is putting it on every edition ever.
That quote tells you everything you need to know abt that guy; it’s also a good Rorschach test for people. If they agree I already know I will hate them.