Goethe and the Aurora



Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) was deeply interested in many aspects of natural science, including geology and meteorology. Thus, it is not surprising that his works include frequent references to natural phenomena.

For example, the 1815 play Des Epimenides Erwachen (“Epimenides Awakes”) includes some notes on comets and aurora, with the former described as “terrible portents.”