northern lights

Chinese Astronomers Recorded Earliest Account of Aurora

How dating an ancient text revealed one of the oldest observations of aurora known.

5 months ago

An 1874 Citizen Science Project Studying the Aurora Borealis Helped Inspire Time Zones

For millennia, humans have gazed at the northern lights with wonder, pondering their nature and source. Even today, these once…

7 months ago

That New Kind of Aurora Called “Steve”? Turns Out, it Isn’t an Aurora at All

According to a new study by a Canadian-led team of researchers, the atmospheric phenomena known as STEVE is not an…

4 years ago

Hubble Sees Intense Auroras on Uranus

French astronomers discover the brightest auroras on Uranus ever seen, and they look ... weird.

5 years ago

What Was the Carrington Event?

In 1859, the Sun gave off the most powerful solar flare on record. A blast of radiation and particles so…

6 years ago

How Can You see the Northern Lights?

The northern lights are an amazing thing to behold, and can be seen regularly from locations spanning from Siberia and…

6 years ago

Northern Lights by Drone? You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypR0y7GVMAQ Northern lights over Iceland filmed by Icelandic photographer Oli Haukur using a drone. Don't forget to expand the screen.…

6 years ago

Give Mom the Aurora Tonight / Mercury Transit Update

A review of last night's spectacular aurora along with a look at tonight's space weather forecast plus a recap of…

6 years ago

Watch the Aurora Shimmer and Dance in Real Time

I for one have never witnessed the northern lights in person, and like many people I experience them vicariously through…

8 years ago

What Causes the Northern Lights?

Have you ever seen the beautiful auroral displays in the high latitudes? These are the Northern and Southern Lights. But…

8 years ago