The Earth Was Almost Fried Back in 2012

A massive solar storm in July 2012 was more intense than thought—and it blasted right through the Earth's orbit. Luckily for us, we were on the other side of the sun, thus missing the chaos completely. But if that storm had hit this beautiful little blue marble in space? "The solar bursts would have enveloped Earth in magnetic fireworks matching the largest magnetic storm ever reported on Earth, the so-called Carrington event of 1859," Science Daily reports. Read More >>

In Pictures: Powerful Space Storm Treats UK to Special Aurora Show

A combination of a rare high geomagnetic activity level and cloud-free night skies treated many parts of the UK to a superb aurora demonstration last night, as the greenish skies were seen as far south as Norfolk and the Isle of Man. Here are some of the finest photos snapped from sky-afire UK. Read More >>

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The Otherworldly Glow of the Solar System's Auroras, Bottled in a Lab

If this image makes you think of the Northern Lights, you shouldn't be surprised. Because this is in fact a planeterrella: a large glass dome containing spheres and charged particles, which mimics the auroral glows present within our solar system. Read More >>

Highlights from the World's Largest Drone Fair

Defence industry specialists circled up in Washington this week for the three-day-long trade fair of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. In other words, a bunch of guys with a lot of money just got together for a giant drone show. It's actually the world's largest. And here are its wares. Read More >>

Iridescent Skins Let You Just Tilt To Change Your iPhone's Colour

If you're tired of the iPhone's boring black or white colour options, but would also like to avoid a bulky case or letting have at it with your device, you might want to check out Clear-Coat's new colour-changing Aurora skin. Read More >>

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The Aurora Borealis Continues To Be Totally Awe-Inspiring, Video After Video

Sometimes you just want to rest your eyeballs. So you look out your window and are reminded that you live in a city or a depressing suburb or something. So then you watch nature videos. Read More >>

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This Beautiful Aurora Is One Spiral in the Sky That Isn't Out to Get You

All around is chaos and coming apocalypse, so take a moment to cast your eyes over this beautiful, calming aurora, snapped by David Cartier. Read More >>

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Why Are Scientists Firing Rockets Against Auroras?

NASA scientists are now firing 46-foot-tall two-stage rockets against auroras because they hate them and they smell bad. Or maybe because they want to test how extreme space weather can affect digital communications between ground bases and spacecraft or satellites. Read More >>

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The Spectacular Auroras Caused By the Biggest Solar Storm In Seven Years

On January 22, a January 22 M8.7 class flare caused the biggest solar storm since 2005. Airplanes had to change routes, and the power grid and satellites were affected. It also caused some of the best auroras ever seen. Read More >>

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Elves Must Live In the Waterfall Where the Aurora and the Moonbow Meet

If you go to Skógafoss — a waterfall in the south of Iceland — when the full moon is shining bright during the aurora season, perhaps you'll catch this magical scene. And meet an elvish princess who looks like Björk. Read More >>

Spaceships Floating on an Aurora of Colour

The auroral lights dancing across the night sky is a beautiful sight. Viewed from the ISS they look even better, but when you combine that with a couple of Russian spaceships, it truly is out-of-this-world. [NASA via MSNBC] Read More >>


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