This Week's Aurora Was Even More Spectacular From Space

Earlier this week, a particularly powerful geomagnetic storm produced beautiful auroral displays around the globe. But while most people looked up, NASA astronaut Terry Virts was able to catch this extraordinary glimpse from the International Space Station. » 3/19/15 6:20am 3/19/15 6:20am

Watch an X-Class Solar Flare Ignite the Skies Over Iceland

On February 25th, the Sun let loose an X4.9-class solar flare. It was our parent star's most violent outburst of the year. When the debris from the ensuing coronal mass ejection collided with Earth's atmosphere, it produced one of the most colorful auroral displays in recent memory. » 4/03/14 11:04pm 4/03/14 11:04pm

Aurora Borealis during a solar flare is the very best kind of madness

This may be the most amazing shot of the northern lights, yet. Check out the way they're moving — that's no timelapse, this video was shot in realtime. » 2/20/14 6:00pm 2/20/14 6:00pm

Aurorae ignite the skies over Fairbanks, AK

This remarkable sequence of images was photographed last month by photographer LeRoy Zimmerman. The images were captured last month over the (surprisingly long) course of thirty minutes, and depict roughly 500 kilometers of aurora unfurling across a 150-degree vertical stretch of subarctic firmament. Sez Zimmerman: "I… » 1/04/14 5:00pm 1/04/14 5:00pm

Lose yourself in this vibrant video of the Northern Lights

Not quite ready for the weekend to end? Take a deep breath and enjoy this stunning time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis, filmed in Iceland by Enrique Pacheco. » 9/08/13 5:00pm 9/08/13 5:00pm

Gorgeous Footage of Last Weekend's Surprise Aurora Borealis

Last week, an undetected solar storm sent a wave of charged particles hurtling toward Earth. On the night of May 31st, those particles crashed into our planet's magnetic field and rattled the upper atmosphere, igniting the sky in an unanticipated burst of purple, pink and green. » 6/07/13 12:00pm 6/07/13 12:00pm

Watch four hours of Aurora Borealis compressed into three stunning…

Photographer Göran Strand used 2464 raw images taken with his all-sky camera to create this gorgeous time-lapse video. The swirling crystal ball images show the view from Östersund, Sweden, when a when a Coronal Mass Ejection hit Earth’s magnetic field. » 3/24/13 1:00pm 3/24/13 1:00pm

This stunning underwater scene is made of wax, jelly beans, and…

Matthew Albanese specializes in photo trickery, sculpting detailed dioramas out of everything from garbage bags to jelly beans and lighting them in such a way that they look like natural landscapes. He's built the surface of Mars from charcoal and paprika, turned ostrich feathers into weeping willows, and captured a… » 9/09/12 5:00pm 9/09/12 5:00pm

Views of the Northern Lights don't get much better than this

Feast your eyes on this mind boggling view of the Northern Lights, captured in the pre-dawn hours of July 15th by photographer Brad Goldpaint. » 7/17/12 1:27pm 7/17/12 1:27pm

Breathtaking Photo of a Pink Aurora from this Weekend's Solar Storm

Earth's magnetic field was pummeled by a double coronal mass ejection (CME) over the weekend, giving rise to more than 24 hours of geomagnetic storms and exceptionally beautiful northern lights. Here, astrophotographer Brad Goldpaint has captured a rare sight: a stunning pink aurora borealis. » 6/19/12 8:05am 6/19/12 8:05am

A huge coronal mass ejection slammed into Earth today

On Tuesday night, the surface of the Sun erupted in an violent solar flare, blasting a massive wave of charged particles in the direction of Earth. And early this morning, those particles smashed into our planet's atmosphere. » 3/08/12 8:00am 3/08/12 8:00am

This is what the northern lights would look like from the Little…

You're all familiar with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, right? If not, drop what you're doing. Go read it. Then come back. » 1/30/12 8:00am 1/30/12 8:00am

A breathtaking aurora from Earth's largest geomagnetic storm in almost…

Late last Sunday, the Sun unleashed an M9-class solar flare, showering Earth with subatomic particles that gave rise to one of the biggest geomagnetic storms in recent history. The resulting aurorae, which were even brighter than usual in the planet's northernmost latitudes, were an absolute marvel to behold. » 1/27/12 8:35am 1/27/12 8:35am

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

This massive solar flare will make for dazzling northern lights

Things are getting pretty wild on the surface of the Sun. Our resident star is nearing the pinnacle of its 11-year cycle of solar activity, which is scheduled to climax in 2013. As it approaches peak activity, energetic flares — like the one pictured here — are expected to increase in both frequency and intensity. » 9/08/11 7:00am 9/08/11 7:00am

In less than 5 minutes, learn how the Northern Lights are formed

Here's a lovely little animation by Per Byhring and the University of Oslo's Department of Physics that explains how aurora borealis lights up the northern climes. A four minutes and forty-eight seconds well spent. » 7/03/11 9:00am 7/03/11 9:00am

Aurora borealis lights up the sky like psychedelic fire in this…

Errant UFOs aren't the only reason to look to the sky in Norway these days. Terje Sorgjerd recently captured this ethereal time-lapse footage of the northern lights. » 3/26/11 3:35pm 3/26/11 3:35pm