ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Are you a weather fan or an expert? See if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!

Fill in the Blank: The aurora borealis is named after the Greek god of _____________.

An aurora is a natural light show that appears as curtains, rays, or spirals covering the entire sky. These lights generally occur over high-latitude regions, such as the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic Circle.

Auroras are the result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar winds. Earth’s magnetic field will deflect solar winds toward the poles. Charged particles in these high-latitude areas will interact with the Earth’s upper atmosphere to create colorful light shows.

The word “aurora” is derived from the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora. However, “borealis” is derived from Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind and winter.

This is a fitting name since the aurora borealis is also known as the northern lights.

Aurora australis is a similar light show that occurs in the southern hemisphere. The word “australis” is derived from the Roman god of the south wind, Auster.