The world and universe are filled with tremendously diverse and amazing natural wonders and events, often referred to as phenomena. These wonders and events are observed and experienced by us every day, even though we may not be noticing them. The goal of this website is to explore them and attempt to explain how and why they occur, and what significance they have in the natural world.
What is the meaning of Phenomena?
The word phenomena actually has several different meanings. Below are three different definitions.
1. Phenomena can refer to events, occurrences or happenings in the world around us. These events can be either spiritual and natural, or can refer to physical sensations felt by a person.
2. Another definition relates to exceptional occurrences or people. An example of this would be to state “Babe Ruth was a baseball phenomenon.”
3. The words are also related to a few different types of illnesses. The primary instance of this is Reynaud’s Disease, which is also known as Reynaud’s Phenomenon.
This website specifically focuses on the first definition listed above; specifically those types of events that are found in the natural world.
Phenomena vs. Phenomenon
Phenomena is simply the plural form of Phenomenon, meaning more than one. Below are two examples of these words in sentences to help illustrate the subtle difference in usage:
1. Jacob saw a shooting star streaking through the night sky. It was a magnificent phenomenon.
2. Jacob saw hundreds of shooting stars streaking through the night sky. They were magnificent phenomena.
What are Natural Phenomena?
These are events or happenings that occur in nature, our world, solar system and universe. They come in many shapes and sizes. They shape our world, our news and lives. A few quick examples of these natural events include aurora, fog, moon halos and tsunamis. Some natural phenomena, like gravity and magnetism, cannot be seen, but are very real and critical to life on Earth.
List of Natural Phenomena
Natural phenomena can be broken down into various categories. This website breaks them down into six main categories:
- Electromagnetic Spectrum
- Electromagnetic Fields
- Static Electricity
- Doppler Effect
- Speed of Light
- Reflection and Refraction
These categories are subjective and at times an event could be placed into another category. In each category, you will find examples of events that are related to that respective category.