The aurora borealis is one of the most stunning light shows on Earth, but normally, it’s a treat reserved for the hardy souls living at the coldest edges of the world. The last few nights, however, people across the Northern and Southern hemispheres have enjoyed dazzling, colorful skies, thanks to a geomagnetic storm…
It’s Friday, and the end of a looong week of peering into the far reaches of our solar system and being astounded by what we found. But as much as we love Pluto, we don’t need to gaze billions of miles away to see incredible sights. We’ve got them right here on Earth.
A category four geomagnetic storm is sweeping over the Earth today, and while that means all sorts of funky things for power and communications systems, it should also cause some seriously incredible lights in the sky.
If the aurora happens in space, you probably can’t call it the Northern Lights. But names aside, this shot of an aurora (and the ISS bathed in moonlight) sure is pretty.
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.
A week ago, while you were safely tucked up in bed, a group of NASA scientists up in Alaska were preparing to launch a rocket into the Northern Lights.
One of nature's most incredible phenomena are the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights. We've been photographing them in Iceland and we're going to show you how to shoot them yourself.
If you dream of watching the Northern Lights in decadent style, then you should wait until 2017—when this wonderful, floating, snowflake-shaped hotel will be ready in the icy reaches of northern Norway.
The internet can be a tough place to distinguish fact from fiction. Who has time to fact-check all those beautiful, weird, and sometimes horrifying pictures? Well, we do.
The origin of the television set was heavily shrouded in both spiritualism and the occult, writes author Stefan Andriopoulos in his new book Ghostly Apparitions. In fact, as its very name implies, the television was first conceived as a technical device for seeing at a distance: like the telephone (speaking at a…
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.
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.
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.
Aurora borealis isn't just very fun to say aloud—it's absolutely beautiful to watch. But where does it come from? The whim of the gods? No, silly Ancient Roman—the sun's plasma discharges are responsible. This video breaks it down.
After watching this timelapse video of 2,459 photos stitched together, you'll be bowled over by the photographer's sense of adventure—not to mention Air France's passengers' willingness to allow a tripod and DSLR set-up to click away every 30 seconds.
It appears Tuesday's massive solar eruption is already impacting communications in southern China and may disrupt satellites in orbit and electrical grids on the ground over the next few days. The X-class flare is the most powerful seen in four years.
Astronaut Doug Wheelock snapped these photos from the ISS over the last two weeks, of London, Paris, Ibiza, the Nile...it's like a tour of some of Earth's most beautiful cities. From space.