Citizen Scientists Are Helping NASA Map The Aurora Like Never Before

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 NASA construct a detailed global map of the event.

The Southern Lights Are Going Off In Australia, And It Looks Amazing

Visiting the Northern Lights is a dream many of us share, but the distance between Australia and the top of the world puts it out of reach for most. Thankfully, the Sun has our best interests at heart, and blasted charged particles our way so Australia and New Zealand could view the lights. The videos are pretty spectacular.

The Entire Planet Seems Shrouded In One Aurora In This Space Video

Video: 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.

Seeing The Aurora Borealis In Real Time Is Better Than Any Timelapse

We’ve seen so many beautiful timelapses 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.

Incredible Photo Of The Milky Way Rising Over Green And Violet Auroras

Briefly: A long exposure photo by masterful Swedish astrophotographer Göran Strand is featured once again on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day: Double aurora ovals — green and violet — over the town of Östersund, Sweden, with the Milky Way covering the entire sky. What an awesome world we live in.

Hubble Sees High-Speed Dancing Aurora On Saturn

This GIF shows a fast-paced light show on the north pole of Saturn, as captured by the European Space Agency’s Hubble Space Telescope in April and May of 2013. The images was just now released by the ESA.

The Earth Was Almost Fried Back In 2012

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 magnetic fireworks matching the largest magnetic storm ever reported on Earth, the so-called Carrington event of 1859,” Science Daily reports.

Amazing Views Of Last Week's UK Aurora Show

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.

The Otherworldly Glow Of The Solar System's Auroras, Bottled In A Lab

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.

Iridescent Skins Let You Just Tilt To Change Your iPhone's Colour

If you’re tired of the iPhone’s boring black or white colour options, but would also like to avoid a bulky case or letting “Colorware” have at it with your device, you might want to check out Clear-Coat’s new colour-changing Aurora skin.