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Video: What superpower would you want to have? The ability to fly? Teleport? Turn invisible? Time travel? Heal? What about to ability to see the invisible? Not exactly the flashiest power you can have especially because we can kind of, sort of, do that right now. This lovely animation explainer from Amaël Isnard shows how though we can't see magnetic forces in action, we at least get to see the auroras in the north and south poles, which reveal the invisible magnetic field of Earth.

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This planet's aurora are a spectacular sight, but you've probably never seen them quite like this. You're looking at a view of them as seen by the European Space Agency's Integral space observatory, which captured how they look as an X-ray.

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Witnessing an aurora first-hand is a truly awe-inspiring experience. The natural beauty of the northern or southern lights captures the public imagination unlike any other aspect of space weather. But auroras aren't unique to Earth and can be seen on several other planets in our solar system.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.