This recent article (‘Strange Blue Lights’ Seen Over Arctic Circle Were Not Aliens, Says NASA) piqued my interest because it offered a real and plausible explanation to those beautiful but weird blue lights in the sky.
Researchers from the Andøya Space Center in Norway launched two rockets into the Northern Lights that released a metallic powder mixture. The resulting colorful light show helped scientists see how the mixture interacted with the Aurora Borealis.
There are multiple ways this idea could be used in a story.
The villain tries to release an invisible but the hero adds a metallic powder that creates a beautiful firework-like display foiling the plans.
A young child desperately wants to have an alien encounter and records video of the blue lights as proof that aliens are trying to communicate with us. Now, the child has the only recorded proof of the experiment and now bad people are after the child!
Maybe a young child sees the blue lights and is inspired to become scientist but learns as an adult, the dangers of the “blue light” experiment.
Who wants to talk more about how you can use this idea in your current or next story?