Our Twitter feeds just exploded with pictures of an auroral outburst in the UK, Scandinavia, Iceland and even from the International Space Station! Thanks to the X4.9 class solar flare on on Feb. 25, the resulting CME hit Earth’s magnetic field today and triggered geomagnetic storms. Take a look at some of the images pouring […]
Emperor Penguins on the Antarctic Sea Ice Under the Aurora Australis. Credit and copyright: Stefan Christmann. Used by permission. Photographer Stefan Christmann called this incredible Antarctic view a once in a lifetime experience. “It was the most impressive experience to sit on the sea-ice and watch the Aurora Australis dance above the penguin colony with […]
Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere have been enjoying some lovely auroral displays following the Sun’s recent activity. Here’s a new timelapse video of the night sky view on July 17, 2012, compiled by Maki Yanagimachi at Mt. John University Observatory in New Zealand. Enjoy the multi-colored aurora shimmering across the sky.
Skywatchers in Australia were treated to unexpected beautiful views of the Aurora Australis. This timelapse is by Alex Cherney in Flinders Victroia, Australia who captured auroral views on June 19th 2012 at 00:09-02:38 AEST, in between clouds and rain. Lovely. Check out more images of the recent Aurora Australis at Ian Musgrave’s Astroblog.
[/caption] Skywatchers in northern Europe are already seeing some aurora activity as a strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm is in progress, according to the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center and SpaceWeather.com. The fuel for this storm was a coronal mass ejection over the weekend that has now reached Earth. This is great news for skywatchers, as both […]
[/caption] The STS-135 crew of space shuttle Atlantis and the Expedition 28 crew of the International Space Station were treated with great views of the Aurora Australis. Here’s one shot the crews photographed, showing a panoramic view of the station/shuttle complex along with several different astronomical beauties! The aurora shows up brightly, but what else […]
Seeing the Northern or Southern Lights is an awe-inspiring experience, but do you know the science behind their beauty? This video from Per Byhring and the physics department at the University of Oslo explains how particles originating from deep inside the core of the Sun creates aurorae in the atmosphere of Earth. The video takes […]
Want to enjoy the splendorous beauty of the Northern Lights? You can! The Northern and Southern lights – also called the aurora borealis and aurora australis respectively – can be seen from a wide variety of locations on the Earth. Their visibility depends on a lot of factors, though, and much like snow or wind […]
[/caption] Aurora australis (also known as the southern lights, and southern polar lights) is the southern hemisphere counterpart to the aurora borealis. In the sky, an aurora australis takes the shape of a curtain of light, or a sheet, or a diffuse glow; it most often is green, sometimes red, and occasionally other colors too. […]