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Take a Flight Over a Massive Aurora

by Jason Major August 25, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Post by Alexander Gerst. Or perhaps I should say “eine grosse Aurora!” ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst made this time-lapse of a “massive aurora” as seen from the Space Station on August 24. The entire video is beautiful, showing not just a view of […]

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Stargazing Timelapse Plus Apollo 14 Launch Soundtrack Is Pure Magic

by Elizabeth Howell July 31, 2014

It feels like a real stargazing session watching this video. You head out at dusk, waiting for the first few stars to emerge. Then there’s a moment when — if you’re in the right spot — whammo. The Milky Way pops out. The sky turns into a three-dimensional playground. Combine that feeling with the Apollo […]

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Astrophoto Heaven: Video Time-Lapse Shows Spectacular Sky Above Desert National Park

by Elizabeth Howell July 29, 2014

Channelling all U2 fans: this stunning timelapse above Joshua Tree National Park is a walking tourism brochure for astrophotographers. The pictures were taken in September and November 2012 (the latter during the Leonid meteor shower) and just put up on Vimeo a few days ago. Can you spot any famous astronomical objects? Read below to […]

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Watch the Rise and Fall of a Towering Inferno on the Sun

by Jason Major June 16, 2014

Caught on camera by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a prominence blazes hundreds of thousands of miles out from the Sun’s surface (i.e., photosphere) on May 27, 2014. The image above, seen in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths, shows a brief snapshot of the event with the column of solar plasma stretching nearly as far as the distance between Earth […]

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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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