In Earth’s polar regions, the aurora—a ghostly flicker and colorful glow— mysteriously brightens the night sky. One of the most incredible natural phenomena in the world, the array of colors of the aurora is a source of endless theory and wonder. What creates such beauty and spectacle? Find out Wednesday, February 1 at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings), when PBS premieres AURORA: FIRE IN THE SKY, a one-hour documentary that links popular myths to the aurora’s physical effects on the natural world. For some tribes, it is the spirit of ancestors playing ball in the sky; for others, it’s a harbinger of war, plague and famine. The film visits Finland’s Saami, Alaska’s Inuit, Canada’s Native Americans and New Zealand’s Maori, each with legends of their own. The film travels the globe, incorporating scientific research and myth, to share with viewers the awe-inspiring mystery of the aurora.
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 10:00-11:00 p.m.