News tagged with aurora borealis

Stargazing keeps tourism looking up

With urbanisation gaining pace and air pollution clouding the view in major cities, contemplating the stars in a pitch-black sky is fast becoming a rarity that tour operators are banking on as a new selling-point.

dateMar 12, 2017 in Space Exploration
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Image: Northern lights over Canada

Just hours after the winter solstice, a mass of energetic particles from the Sun smashed into the magnetic field around Earth. The strong solar wind stream stirred up a display of northern lights over northern Canada.

dateDec 28, 2016 in Space Exploration
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How can you see the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights have fascinated human beings for millennia. In fact, their existence has informed the mythology of many cultures, including the Inuit, Northern Cree, and ancient Norse. They were also a source of intense ...

dateSep 26, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Effort to map aurora borealis using Twitter

The past few months have been exciting for followers of the aurora borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights. Sizable solar storms have produced spectacular auroras that have been visible in a much larger area than ...

dateSep 23, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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What causes the northern lights?

If you live in the high latitudes, like Alaska, or New Zealand, you've probably had a chance to see an aurora. Here in Canada, we call them the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis, but the lucky folks in the far southern ...

dateJan 16, 2015 in Space Exploration
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