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Northern lights as you have (probably) never seen them before

Aurora as seen from the International Space Station as it crossed over the southern Indian Ocean on September 17, 2011. Credit: {link url=""}NASA{/link}

Chances are, unless you’ve been lucky enough to see them in person, you will have seen the northern lights in a time lapse video online. But have you ever seen them just as they would play out in real life? Kai-Marius Pedersen is a northern lights hunter who records videos of real time aurora. No distracting [...]

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Basic Space

Where Do Aurorae Come From?

Aurora borealis above Bear Lake in Alaska. Credit: {link url=""}U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Strang{/link}

The Sun is hotting up, and we can see the results right here on Earth. Across the northern hemisphere, fantastic light displays have been visible of late, and the frequency of these events is set only to increase as the Sun heads toward a peak in its magnetic activity. In light of this (no pun [...]

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Life, Unbounded

Aurorae from Earth, Space, and on Other Worlds

Southern aurora (aurora australis) composited with NASA imagery

As we’re in the midst of experiencing some particularly stormy solar weather it seems appropriate to make a quick post with some nifty auroral images and time-lapse movies (see below). It’s also fun to point out that the phenomenon of aurorae (or auroras) is truly universal. Caused when high-velocity particles like electrons and protons expelled [...]

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The Countdown

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


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 [...]

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