This planet’s aurora are a spectacular sight, but you’ve probably never seen them quite like this. You’re looking at a view of them as seen by the European Space Agency’s Integral space observatory, which captured how they look as an X-ray.
Oh, wow. Look, and ye shall see all the science spread out before thee.
Witnessing an aurora first-hand is a truly awe-inspiring experience. The natural beauty of the northern or southern lights captures the public imagination unlike any other aspect of space weather. But auroras aren’t unique to Earth and can be seen on several other planets in our solar system.
We’re excited to colonize space—but are we really prepared for what we may found out there? Author Kim Stanley Robinson talked with us about some of the things that may come up as we move out into the cosmos—and the big hurdle we still have yet to clear to get to that point in the first place.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking at. And then things started to make sense, you can see the city lights outline the US and the geographical footprint of other places and then this swirl mixture that basically takes over Canada. It’s the Aurora Borealis at night.
The gentle red glow of aurora and the richness of a star-filled sky make a picture-perfect backdrop the International Space Station.
A team of astronomers has discovered the most powerful aurora ever observed. But unlike our own Northern Lights, this astronomical phenomenon can be found 18 light years away in the skies above the brown dwarf LSR J1835+3259.
The infrared eye of the Suomi NPP satellite captured this amazingly atmospheric light show created by the southern lights—aka aurora australis—over Antarctica before dawn on the 24th of June 2015.
The aurorae here on Earth are a pretty impressive sight to behold, but, just like Earth, it turns out that Mars also has aurorae visible to the naked eye — with one pretty startling difference.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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."
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.