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NASA infrared image reveals the northern lights from space

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It is a unique view of an aurora over America. NASA has released this stunning image, captured on April 21st, showing the aurora borealis over North America. It shows the after effects of a major solar storm on April 19th, and was captured in infrared'night vision'. In the image, the satellite sensor detected the visible light emissions that occurred as energetic particles from Earth's magnetosphere rained down into the oxygen and nitrogen gases of the upper atmosphere. It was captured at 3:46 a.m.


Nasa astronaut posts image of the Aurora Borealis mixing with sunrise

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An astronaut living on the International Space Station (ISS) has posted a mesmerising image of auroras around Earth. The beautiful image shows the eerie green hues of the aurora as the sun rises over the southern hemisphere of our planet. After some minor photo-enhancement from the space agency, the image - which was initially posted on Instagram - was re-posted by Nasa. The incredible image shows the sunrise over the southern hemisphere of our planet dancing with the eerie green hues of the aurora. It was posted to the Instagram of astronaut Ricky Arnold and was captioned'Sunrise crashes an aurora party over the southern hemisphere' 'Sunrise crashes an aurora party over the southern hemisphere,' American astronaut Ricky Arnold captioned his out-of-this-world snap.


Stunning footage shows the northern lights bursting with colour over Lapland

Daily Mail - Science & tech

This incredible footage shows the Northern Lights erupting with colour over Lapland. Scientists say the spectacular light show was bursting with more colour this week because of a huge hole that has opened up in the sun's corona. The northern and southern lights, also known as the'Auroras', are triggered when electrically-charged particles from the sun enter the Earth's atmosphere. Solar flares only impact Earth when they occur on the side of the sun facing the Earth. Sometimes, these explosions can send out coronal mass ejections - large clouds of plasma and magnetic field that erupt from the sun.


Stunning infrared images capture Jupiter's aurora lighting up the planet's poles

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Stunning infrared images reveal the moment the solar wind heats up the atmosphere of Jupiter and creates stunning aurora, similar to Earth's Northern and Southern lights. The solar wind can heat up the atmosphere of Jupiter to over twice the depth that it can on the Earth, a new study reports. Changes in the wind, which causes auroras to appear at Jupiter's poles, lead to rapid responses in the gas giant's atmospheric chemistry and temperature. Researchers from Japan studied the giant planet using a heat-analysing telescope based on the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii. Thermal images of Jupiter's stratosphere identifying regions of higher (yellow and red) and lower (blue) temperatures were taken using the telescope's special Cooled Mid-Infrared Camera and Spectrograph.


Explosion of solar energy will create Northern Lights in parts of the US and Canada tonight

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An explosion of solar energy is set to hit part of Earth Wednesday night, sparking aurora borealis activity in parts of Canada and the United States. The activity will start around 4PM and will last for a 24-hour period, with peak times to view the Northern Lights from 10PM to 1AM ET. This stunning display will be created by space particles from a minor geomagnetic storm, which enters our planet's ozone layer and illuminates the night sky. According to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, 'Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept-Iles in Canada. There will also be low visibility on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and Halifax across the US.