Tag Archive | Auroras

Solar-system-wide climate change: Astronomy in need of major re-write as 1,000 km high dust clouds and spectacular auroras discovered on Mars

Excerpt from the article. … “This is the first discovery of dust or debris at orbital altitudes around Mars,” says Bruce Jakosky, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the mission’s principal investigator. “It’s hard to understand how this stuff got here.” To read the full article go to http://www.sott.net/article/294063-Solar-system-wide-climate-change-Astronomy-in-need-of-major-re-write-as-1000-km-high-dust-clouds-and-spectacular-auroras-discovered-on-Mars

Auroras shine light on solar flares


Aurora Borealis over Bear Lake, Alaska, USA. Credit: Joshua Strang, USAF (Phys.org)
—solar flares at the University of Glasgow are looking to the Northern and
Southern Lights to expand our understanding of solar flares.

In a new paper published in the Astrophysical Journal, researchers from the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy suggest magnetic waves, which contribute to the formation of auroras on Earth, could help energy from solar flares travel tens of thousands of kilometres in under a second. Read More…

Pictures: Solar Storms Trigger Northern Lights

Pictures: Solar Storms Trigger Northern Lights

Wings of Lights

Bright auroras seem to spread like wings over the mountains outside of Tromsø, Norway, on January 22.

“This was amazing,” photographer Bjørn Jørgensen wrote on Spaceweather.com. “It was a wonderful experience to see these stunning auroras.”

For a slide show of Auroras and some time-lapse video go to http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/01/pictures/120125-solar-storm-auroras-northern-lights-earth-space-pictures#/lyngen-alps-aurora-1-24_47737_600x450.jpg