aurora

Awesome Aurora Vine Video from the Space Station

by Nancy Atkinson July 1, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Here’s the latest Vine video from astronaut Reid Wiseman on board the International Space Station, showing the Aurora Borealis shimmering in the sky as the stars of Orion rise in the sky. Modules of the ISS smoothly move through the top […]

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How to See Airglow, the Green Sheen of Night

by Bob King June 13, 2014

Emerald green, fainter than the zodiacal light and visible on dark nights everywhere on Earth, airglow pervades the night sky from equator to pole. Airglow turns up in our time exposure photographs of the night sky as ghostly ripples of aurora-like light about 10-15 degrees above the horizon. Its similarity to the aurora is no coincidence. Both form […]

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Watch the Northern Lights Dance and Shimmer in “Silent Storms”

by Jason Major June 9, 2014

Aurorae were once believed to be warring clans of spirit soldiers, the skyward ghosts of virgin women, or the glow of fires burning inside celestial caves. Today we know they’re caused by ions in the atmosphere getting zapped by charged solar particles caught up in Earth’s magnetic field. But the knowledge of what creates aurorae doesn’t make their shimmering dance any […]

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Pink Floyd and Coldplay Go to Space

by Nancy Atkinson May 21, 2014

Two great music videos published this week feature incredible imagery from space. Above, Pink Floyd released an 20th anniversary video version of their instrumental “Marooned” which uses timelapse video photography taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (which we’ve featured many times, like here and here). For you Pink Floyd-aphiles, the anniversary edition of […]

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Saturn Aurora Sparkles In New Hubble Images

by Elizabeth Howell May 19, 2014

It’s amazing to see what some flashes of light can tell us. New images the Hubble Space Telescope took of Saturn not only reveal auroras dancing in the north pole, but also reveal some interesting things about the giant planet’s magnetic field. “It appears that when particles from the Sun hit Saturn, the magnetotail collapses […]

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