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If you were soaring through Jupiter's turbid skies wearing a pair of X-ray goggles, you might get lucky and witness something incredible. Brilliant flashes of light, more luminous and powerful than the Sun, occurring every 26 minutes and stretching as far as the eye can see. That's the essence of a massive solar storm recently witnessed for the first time near Jupiter's north pole.

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Video: Watch as Horacio Llorens paraglides against the backdrop of the Aurora Borealis. It's especially nice because the paraglider cycles through different coloured lights against the glimmering green of the aurora. His movements are almost poetic, a perfect blend of mixing an extreme sport with the grace of nature.

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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, colourful skies, thanks to a geomagnetic storm that began early this week.

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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.

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It's been a big year for the space sciences. The first privately-held spacecraft orbited our world, the blackest material in history was created, researchers expanded the list of possible sources of life threefold; and that was just in December.