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How Does the Aurora Borealis Work?

How Does the Aurora Borealis Work?

Charged particles in the Earth’s atmosphere produce auroral lights, but what causes the different colors? More...

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HowStuffWorks
Auroras: Paintings in the Sky

Auroras: Paintings in the Sky

If you’re lucky enough to see auroras on a regular basis, you’ll know that no two are alike. Explore all the mystery — and science — of auroral lights here.
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Exploratorium
Science Projects About the Aurora Lights

Science Projects About the Aurora Lights

Looking for a science project related to the Northern or Southern Lights? Check out these suggestions and related links. More...

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eHow
Aurora and THEMIS Satellite

Aurora and THEMIS Satellite

The 5 satellites and 20 ground observatories of the NASA THEMIS mission track the geomagnetic substorms that form the Northern and Southern Lights. Find out more.
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Windows to the Universe
Scientists Re-Create Earth’s Northern Lights

Scientists Re-Create Earth’s Northern Lights

Take a magnetic field, charged particles, and a sphere, and what do you have? A Planeterrella — a machine that simulates the auroras that occur 60 miles above us. More...

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NASA
Scientists Solve 30-Year-Old Aurora Borealis Mystery

Scientists Solve 30-Year-Old Aurora Borealis Mystery

In order to predict the activity of aurora-producing and electronics-interfering substorms, scientists needed to know where substorm triggers happen. Now they know! More...

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Science Daily
Space Storms

Space Storms

Storms in space may produce the awesome auroras, but they also cause problems — zapping satellites, exposing astronauts to dangerous radiation, and frying power grids on Earth. Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Spectacular Auroras from Space

Spectacular Auroras from Space

Like Earth-bound tourists, astronauts on the International Space Station take lots of photos and videos of their travels. Check out their views of the auroral lights in both hemispheres. More...

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Space.com
What Is the Aurora Borealis?

What Is the Aurora Borealis?

The elegant and colorful swirls of light may look calm, yet aurorae are anything but that. Find out how and why their shapes and colors vary. More...

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Discovery

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