Aurora Borealis In Iceland

Photo: Aurora Borealis In Iceland

An aurora is a natural phenomenon in which charged particles from solar winds and the magnetosphere collide with atoms in Earth’s upper atmosphere. Luminous swirls appear in the sky, shades of green and sometimes red or blue, painting the night in an alien glow. In the north, this phenomenon is called the Aurora Borealis, or …

Even More X-Class Solar Flares? Hold On To Your Butts

Sooner or later, I’ll catch an aurora. Sure, living in the Midwest, that might be a bit difficult. But if the Sun keeps throwing solar fastballs at Earth, you figure eventually we’ll get a light show down here. In fact, I might get the chance sooner than I thought. It’s all courtesy our friend Sunspot …

Our Sun, The “Benevolent Monster”

In five days, what has been called a “benevolent monster” will turn to face Earth. A region of the sun containing “dozens of sunspots, including one that is the size of 17 Earths,” will, like the Death Star taking aim at the Rebel Alliance’s base at Yavin IV, slowly point toward our planet within the …