Citizen Scientists Are Helping Map the Aurora Like Never Before

The aurora borealis that took place on St. Patrick's day was spectacular, but aside from being the strongest geomagnetic storm in a decade, there's another reason it was special. It was the first time that thousands of citizen scientists tweeted about the aurora to help space weather scientists construct a… » 3/29/15 9:00am Sunday 9:00am

Watch For the Aurora Tonight, Even If You're In the South

If you're like me, you've spent years heeding forecasters telling you that the northern lights will DEFINITELY be visible tonight—and then seeing nothing but boring old night sky. Tonight, summon your faith and give it one last shot: There's a severe geomagnetic storm going on. » 3/17/15 8:00pm 3/17/15 8:00pm

The entire planet seems shrouded in one aurora in this space video

I would never get tired of looking through the cupola of the International Space Station, which is how I imagine Darth Vader's Death Star bedroom window. Astronaut/Captain America Reid Wiseman used it to record this great clip of an aurora. It makes Earth look like a magic green marble—or a palantir. » 9/30/14 10:48pm 9/30/14 10:48pm

Seeing the Aurora Borealis in real time is better than any time lapse

We've seen so many beautiful time lapses of the Aurora Borealis (not that I'm complaining!) that it's pretty refreshing to see how ethereal it can be in real time too. I guess that means I should really see it in real life. » 9/18/14 10:34pm 9/18/14 10:34pm

Incredible photo of the Milky Way rising over green and violet auroras

A long exposure photo by masterful Swedish astrophotographer Göran Strand is featured once again on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day: Double aurora ovals—green and violet—over the town of Östersund, Sweden, with the Milky Way covering the entire sky. What an awesome world we live in. » 9/09/14 11:10pm 9/09/14 11:10pm

The Earth Was Almost Fried Back in 2012

A massive solar storm in July 2012 was more intense than thought—and it blasted right through the Earth's orbit. Luckily for us, we were on the other side of the sun, thus missing the chaos completely. But if that storm had hit this beautiful little blue marble in space? "The solar bursts would have enveloped Earth in… » 3/19/14 12:00pm 3/19/14 12:00pm

Amazing Views of Last Night's UK Aurora Show

A combination of rare, high geomagnetic activity and cloud-free night skies treated many parts of the UK to an amazing aurora demonstration last night. Here are some of the finest photos that got snapped and posted to Twitter. » 2/28/14 9:00pm 2/28/14 9:00pm

Cute arctic fox contemplates a massive solar wind storm hitting Earth

SunViewer posted this amazing photo by Vladimir Scheglov, taken on January 19 at the Kupol mine in the Chukotka region of Russia, just after a Coronal Mass Ejection hit Earth to produce some beautiful northern lights. He's like "whatevs, I will just chillax and look cute here." » 2/21/14 3:01am 2/21/14 3:01am

Tonight's Your Best Chance to See Northern Lights In Years

Millions of charged particles are rushing toward earth after a gigantic solar flare on Tuesday. Bad news for NASA's latest mission, but good news for sky-watchers: Those charged particles also collide with the earth's atmosphere to produce the ethereal-looking northern lights. » 1/09/14 3:20pm 1/09/14 3:20pm

The Otherworldly Glow of the Solar System's Auroras, Bottled in a Lab

If this image makes you think of the Northern Lights, you shouldn't be surprised. Because this is in fact a planeterrella: a large glass dome containing spheres and charged particles, which mimics the auroral glows present within our solar system. » 8/22/13 7:31am 8/22/13 7:31am

Highlights from the World's Largest Drone Fair

Defense industry specialists circled up in Washington this week for the three-day-long trade fair of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. In other words, a bunch of guys with a lot of money just got together for a giant drone show. It's actually the world's largest. And here are its wares. » 8/16/13 8:26am 8/16/13 8:26am

Iridescent Skins Let You Just Tilt To Change Your iPhone's Color

If you're tired of the iPhone's boring black or white color options, but would also like to avoid a bulky case or letting Colorware have at it with your device, you might want to check out Clear-Coat's new color-changing Aurora skin. » 4/05/13 6:20pm 4/05/13 6:20pm

The Aurora Borealis Continues To Be Totally Awe Inspiring Video After…

Sometimes you just want to rest your eyeballs. So you look out your window and are reminded that you live in a city or a depressing suburb or something. So then you watch nature videos. » 3/24/13 9:00pm 3/24/13 9:00pm

This Beautiful Aurora Is One Spiral in the Sky That Isn't Out to Get You

All around is chaos and coming apocalypse, so take a moment to cast your eyes over this beautiful, calming aurora, snapped by David Cartier. » 10/29/12 1:00pm 10/29/12 1:00pm

Buying a Ton of Guns on the Internet Is Cheap, Legal, and Shockingly…

If you're a terrorist, a guerrilla, or are aspiring toward either, The Armory might be your gun depot of choice. But for anyone not on the government's radar, 100-percent legal, open websites are all you need to plan an American massacre. This is a little scary. » 7/26/12 1:40pm 7/26/12 1:40pm

Why Are Scientists Firing Rockets Against Auroras?

NASA scientists are now firing 46-foot-tall two-stage rockets against auroras because they hate them and they smell bad. Or maybe because they want to test how extreme space weather can affect digital communications between ground bases and spacecraft or satellites. » 2/21/12 2:40pm 2/21/12 2:40pm

The Seven Best Auroras From the Biggest Solar Storm In Seven Years

On January 22, an M8.7 class flare helped cause the biggest solar storm since 2005. Airplanes had to change routes, and the power grid and satellites were affected. It also caused some of the best auroras ever seen. » 1/27/12 2:20pm 1/27/12 2:20pm

Elves Must Live In the Waterfall Where the Aurora and the Moonbow Meet

If you go to Skógafoss—a waterfall in the south of Iceland—when the full moon is shining bright during the aurora season, perhaps you would catch this magical scene. And meet an elvish princess who looks like Björk. » 11/17/11 7:40pm 11/17/11 7:40pm

This Incredible Space Aurora Video Trumps Any Earth Fly-By—Ever

This breathtaking time-lapse of Earth's auroras as seen from the flying International Space Station is one of the most beautiful videos I've seen in my life. I can't even begin to imagine the feelings that astronauts must experience when they watch this in real time. » 9/22/11 6:38pm 9/22/11 6:38pm