Blue Skies

A mysterious blue light filled up the night sky in Queens, New York on December 27th, 2018. Social media was immediately inundated with the alarmed postings of alien invasion and hysteria. Local residents began to flee the scene, just in case…

Queens, New York December 27th 9:00 P.M. The NY Times.

The phenomenon turned out to be “a light [that] came as part of an electrical fault that caused an “arc flash,” Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee said Friday morning, similar to lightning.” (Cooper, A., Grinberg, E. Levenson, E. (2018, December 28). A power company mishap turns New York’s Skyline blue. Retrieved from

What an amazing way to engage students in a science discussion about an event that is a local phenomenon! The Next Generation Science Standards puts phenomenon at its forefront, driving teaching and learning with high-quality scenarios. You can find out more about this topic on the NGSS website.

Attached is an educational resource, “Where Does Electricity Come From?” In alignment with the NYC PK-8 Science Scope and Sequence, this topic can be taught for grades 4th, 6th & 8th.

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