The Northern Lights have given a spectacular light show display in various parts of the UK tonight. The lights are generally only visible in the north but onlookers have seen them as far south as Gloucestershire, South Wales and Norfolk.
One lucky videographer managed to capture not one but two rare sights in the skies over Scotland recently — noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds alongside the northern lights. A spectacular display indeed.
The sun sure has been heating up things around these and other parts lately. The Lower-48 hasn’t seen this much sun in at least a generation. Here in Texas, too much sun and too little rain teamed up in 2011 to give us the worst drought in history.
The sky may appear to be extra shimmery this weekend, because of a solar storm that's on its way. Due to hit Earth's magnetic field on Saturday, experts say the storm started on Thursday when the sun unleashed a massive flare.
A new time-lapse video that captures the northern lights of Sweden has been posted online by aurora photographer Chad Blakley, who spent three winter seasons capturing views of the lights from Abisko National Park in the Swedish province of Lapland.
Scientists say they have solved the mystery of the origin of the energetic particles that cause Earth's northern and southern lights, also known as aurora. The problem has puzzled scientists for decades.
A moderate-sized solar storm that arrived on Monday, October 24, has pushed the vibrant and stunning northern lights to the U.S. southern states. The lights occur due to charged particles coming from the solar wind entering the magnetic field of Earth.
The Internet can be a useful tool for bringing people closer to nature from the comfort of their computer screen, wherever that computer monitor might be perched. Now a web cam will stream video of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) from Yellowknife.
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
Via Canada Space Agency Twitter feed
A photograph of the Aurora Borealis seen in 2008.
Norrsken/National Park Service
A coronal mass ejection hit Earth's magnetic field on Oct. 8, 2012 sparking a dramatic display of Northern Lights which subsided 3 days later. The Aurora appears to be casting rays of green sunlight through the clouds. Hugo Løhre photographed the auroras over Lekangsund, Norway, on Oct. 10, 2012.
NASA Images - courtesy of Hugo Løhre
Auroras form when a "solar wind" of charged particles from the Sun enters Earth's magnetic field, accelerating electrically charged particles trapped within. The high-speed particles then crash into Earth's upper atmosphere over the polar regions, causing the atmosphere to emit a ghostly, multicolored glow.