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5 Remarkable Facts about the Northern Lights – The Countdown, Episode 39

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What causes the sky near Earth’s poles to light up with swirling, colorful light? In this episode of the Countdown, we explore the physics behind auroras and more.

More to Explore:

Visit for more images of the Northern Lights from Abisko National Park in Sweden.

Aurora Forecast (NOAA)

Written in the Sky: Aurora Borealis Explained (Institute of Physics)

Science Casts: Auroras Underfoot (NASA)

Northern Lights, Earth’s Auroras, Causes and Facts (

The History of Auroras (NASA)

Featured image courtesy of Rafal Konieczny via Wikimedia Commons

Host/writer: Sophie Bushwick
Story Advisors: Clara Moskowitz & Michael Moyer
Editor: Joss Fong
Producer: Eric R. Olson

About the Author: Joss is the video production intern at Scientific American and a graduate student in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University. Follow on twitter at @jossfong

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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    Well written article, well researched and useful for me in the future.

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