aurora

Crackling aurora

Arctic wilderness tales often wax poetic about dazzling displays of northern lights painting the skies. But for at least the past century, some of those stories have also mentioned eerie noises associated with especially powerful…


Now is is what we call “Northern Lights”

Solar storms are triggering X-ray auroras on Jupiter that are about eight times brighter than normal over a large area of the planet and hundreds of times more energetic than Earth’s “northern lights,” according to…


Aurora fog

Aurora seen from the International Space Station by ESA astronaut Tim Peake. Tim commented on the picture: “The ISS just passed straight through a thick green fog of aurora… eerie but very beautiful.” … (ESA)


A dwarf with an aurora

Aurorae—also known as the northern and southern lights—decorate the sky when energetic electrons hit Earth’s upper atmosphere. Now, as astronomers report online today in Nature, they’ve seen the same phenomenon on a dim sun located…


Aurora Martialis

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere. The presence of the…


A human head and a 2mm sphere at 30 meters interacting

This interview is with Yosuke Kamide, director of the Rikubetsu Space and Earth Science Museum and Professor Emeritus at Nagoya University. He’s researching the interactions between the Sun and Earth, and this interview focuses on…