Northern Light Sky Meets Sea In This Stunning Photo

Taken on March 1, this shows the always-gorgeous aurora casting its spell over the crashing waves of the Reykjanes Peninsula Sea Stacks in Iceland. » 3/03/15 1:30am 3/03/15 1:30am

Four Rockets Fired Into An Aurora

In order to better understand the impact auroras have on Earth's atmosphere, NASA launched four rockets carrying experiments were launched on January 26, 2015. This is part of a composite image of all four rockets, done in 30-second exposures. See the full image below. » 1/29/15 12:00am 1/29/15 12:00am

Auroras Are Colourful Reminders To Upgrade Our Infrastructure


While beautiful, auroras can also be the harbinger of the collapse of civilization. If a sufficiently large flare and coronal mass ejection spawns a massive solar storm that hits the Earth, the geomagnetic storm could be capable of knocking our electrical infrastructure offline for a long, long time. » 11/08/14 8:00pm 11/08/14 8:00pm

A Timelapse From Space With Just About Everything

Our Planet Dances In The Fire Of The Solar Wind

The dancing lights of an aurora can be awe-inspiring down here on Earth, but when seen from the International Space Station they take on a magical quality. Astronaut Alex Gerst describes it as swimming through a living ocean of glow; I'm just happy they send us photographs. » 9/18/14 8:00am 9/18/14 8:00am

Mesmerizing Aurora in Dramatic Landscapes of Fire, Ice, and Shadow

Aurora are beautiful, but the fire and smoke of Bárðarbunga step it up to gorgeous. The weekend kicked off with the Earth putting on a glorious display of green, blue, purple, and red, and countless photographers braved varied terrain to capture the ephemeral light for your viewing pleasure. » 9/12/14 11:53pm 9/12/14 11:53pm

Watch The ISS Fly Through An Aurora

The ESA has just released a stunning timelapse video of the International Space Station flying through an aurora, which was created when a giant cloud of gas from the sun — a "coronal mass ejection" — collided with Earth's magnetic fields last week. » 8/25/14 6:20am 8/25/14 6:20am

We'll Never Be Tired of Auroras From Space

Take this moment to be furiously jealous that the excellent view the astronauts on the International Space Station have of Earth can somehow get even more gorgeous with the addition of auroras. » 8/21/14 8:00am 8/21/14 8:00am

An Aurora Dances in the Latest Vine from Space

I haven't mentioned astronaut Reid Wiseman in over a week. Clearly, that means it's time for him to spring a new bit of beautiful, soothing, incredible timelapse video of an S-curve aurora dancing above the southern hemisphere. » 7/15/14 4:00pm 7/15/14 4:00pm

100-year-old negatives from the Ross Sea Party found in Antarctica

New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust has announced an exciting find: 22 never-before-seen cellulose nitrate negatives discovered inside Captain Robert Falcon Scott's last expedition base at Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica. » 12/29/13 10:00am 12/29/13 10:00am

How to create your own miniature version of the Northern Lights

Here's a dazzling picture of the Aurora Borealis being simulated on a terrella. A terrella is not much more than a magnet that's been carved into a ball, but it has helped scientists both visualize and prove points about the Earth and its magnetic field. » 5/10/13 2:00pm 5/10/13 2:00pm

An aurora caused by an atomic bomb

In 1962, the US government exploded a nuclear bomb over Honolulu. This had a number of unexpected effects, including the seven-minute-long display of an artificial aurora borealis you see above. » 1/31/13 6:20am 1/31/13 6:20am

Auroras spotted on Uranus for the first time

Outside of Earth, we've seen auroras on Jupiter and Saturn, but never on Uranus. Now, for the first time, the Hubble Space Telescope has photographed two auroral storms, each as large as the Earth. » 4/14/12 2:00pm 4/14/12 2:00pm

Zany X-Men fashions turn Magneto into a preening popinjay

We've been enjoying the heck out of Kevin Wada and Max Wittert's X-Men clothing line (previously: 1, 2) — these drawings transform Marvel Comics' strangest superteam into a collective of blasé performance artists who blow Xavier's endowment on smart drinks imported from the farthest reaches of the Shi'ar Empire. » 2/07/12 10:50am 2/07/12 10:50am

In this time-lapse movie, the southern lights turn the sky into a cozy…

Last month, photographer Alex Cherney photographed aurora australis igniting the Australian night. This breathtaking red aurora was caused by particles from January's solar storms exciting oxygen in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Explains Cherney of the shooting conditions: » 2/02/12 4:00pm 2/02/12 4:00pm

We're 99% certain this is the most beautiful footage of Earth's auroras…

Boy howdy, this video definitely confirms that if you're going to gaze at our planet, the International Space Station is the best seat in the house. This video was shot during Expeditions 28 and 29 aboard the ISS from August-October of this year. Time to pretend you're an alien fleet joy-riding through the Milky Way. » 11/13/11 6:50am 11/13/11 6:50am

10 Things You Didn't Know About Light

A week ago, who among us would have guessed that light, the universe's ultimate speed demon, would be observed getting outpaced by a bunch of reckless neutrinos? Yes, these observations will obviously need to be checked and rechecked, but it just goes to show that you rarely know as much about something as you think… » 9/26/11 10:34am 9/26/11 10:34am

The Sun unleashes its biggest solar flare in years

Earlier this week, the Sun emitted its first X-class solar flare in about four years. The most powerful form of solar flare, this particular flare has lit up a massive region on the Sun's southern hemisphere...and any of our readers in the far northern or southern latitudes will be treated to some particularly amazing… » 2/17/11 10:57am 2/17/11 10:57am