Ever since moving back to Anoikis I have been greeted by this view when I enjoy my morning cup of tea. Plasma planets have been a regular target of my curiosity since I first laid my eyes on one, but after many years of space they remain a mystery to me.
The scientific explanation is quite simple. The combination of solar radiation and a planet with the right kind of atmosphere and magnetic field will create these magnificent storms. However, I often get the feeling that there is more to it.
I once met a Sebiestor shaman who described Aurora Polaris as a gateway between the spirit world and our world. He mentioned that the spirits of our ancestors would greet the spirits of the recently departed and guide them into the spirit world. Aurora Polaris isn’t exclusive to temperate planets with life, so his anecdote didn’t account for that. On the other hand, no one knows if the spirits are bound by the same laws of physics that we are. Maybe they inhabit more planets than we would have thought. Which leads us back to the plasma planets:
Are the plasma planets hotspots for the spirit world? Are they a gateway into the world beyond or are they merely just physics that fascinates us? We will probably never know, yet I will continue to ponder about their role in the universe.