A Love Story About A Cyborg Leaving Her Wife On A Space Elevator Launch

The lyrical short film Auroras takes us into a neon-lit future where space elevators rocket people past the atmosphere, but the story at its heart is a familiar one: that of two lovers separated by circumstance, dreaming of the day they'll be reunited. » 7/09/14 2:30pm 7/09/14 2:30pm

A rocket shoots directly into the heart of an Alaskan aurora

Earlier this week, a NASA-funded sounding rocket was hurtled directly into the Northern Lights over Venetie, Alaska. The launch created an absolutely stunning visual feast, one combining fire, ice — and glowing green plasma. » 3/05/14 11:20am 3/05/14 11:20am

NASA captures unprecedented 360-degree views of Saturn's auroras

Like Earth, Saturn features active and radiant auroras at its poles. To date, our impressions of these fantastic features have been fleeting and sporadic at best. But now, using several pairs of telescopic eyes, NASA has caught its best glimpse yet of these massive, swirling auroras. » 2/12/14 1:20pm 2/12/14 1:20pm

The Canadian sky is bursting with colors

This is one of the nicest aurora pictures we've seen in ages. Photographer Yuichi Takasaka took this photo at Pontoon Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories, using just an ordinary Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera. » 9/12/13 4:23pm 9/12/13 4:23pm

Picture of the Day: July 19, 2012

THE SKIES ALL AGLOW | Dazzling auroras hang in the Antarctic skies over Concordia Station, a European research site run by the French Polar Institute and the Italian Antarctic Program. This is a rare break in the non-stop darkness of the Antarctic winter. Via Space.com » 7/20/12 12:05am 7/20/12 12:05am

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

The solar wind lights up the night

Check out this stunning image of an aurora as seen in Tromsø, Norway. The solar wind combines with moonlight and snow for a once-in-a-lifetime view. Even more spectacular views might arrive today, when stronger solar winds hit our magnetic field. » 1/14/11 1:52pm 1/14/11 1:52pm

Eye-To-Eye With A Storm Striking Earth's Atmosphere

Here's a picture of a geomagnetic storm causing crazy auroras to light up the sky over Newfoundland, as seen from the International Space Station. The ISS is actually at the same altitude as these auroras, and sometimes flies straight through the Northern Lights. Click through for another trippy picture of Earth's… » 2/11/08 4:00pm 2/11/08 4:00pm