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View Resource Solar Light Show

Over the last few days, the Earth has been buffeted by a geomagnetic storm caused by a major solar flare. In addition to disruptions in radio, telecommunications, and electric service, the flare may also produce a dramatic light show as it peaks tonight. Weather permitting, the aurora borealis, or northern lights, may be visible as far south as Washington, D.C. The best viewing time will be local...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2000/0609
View Resource Aurora Gallery

Those living in lower latitudes might not have been aware of the recent solar and geomagnetic activities that triggered a spectacular aurora borealis the week of September 30. Two interplanetary shock waves, spawned by solar coronal mass ejections, swept past our planet September 28-29. Then on October 1, the interplanetary magnetic field around Earth turned south, causing geomagnetic storms to...

http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/gallery_01oct01.html
View Resource Auroras: Self Guided Lesson

Taking two to four days to reach the earth, the sun's solar winds and magnetic particles strike the magnetosphere like a shockwave, causing the hauntingly beautiful aurora borealis lights. Another great site from exploratorium.edu, Auroras: Paintings in the Sky showcases these northern lights, offering the lay person a good introduction to this mysterious phenomenon. The site has six sections:...

http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/auroras/selfgui...
View Resource Auroras: Paintings in the Sky

Mish Denlinger of San Francisco's Exploratorium created Auroras: Paintings in the Sky, a Web exhibit devoted to this beautiful celestial phenomenon. Visitors are introduced to how auroras are created, what they look from Earth and space, and where they can be found. Spectacular images of auroras accompany the text. A Self-Guided Tour allows browsing at the user's pace and a Teacher's Page features...

http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/auroras/
View Resource AuroraWebCam.com

There are numerous scientific endeavors funded by national governments and other interested organizations around the world, many of which have hundreds of persons in their employ. Of course there are some equally worthwhile projects out there bringing science to a broad audience, and the AuroraWebCam project has a staff of two bringing live broadcasts of the auroras from Alaska. The project is the...

https://aurorawebcam.com/
View Resource The pages of Mats Mattsson about aurora borealis, astrophotography, and some other phenomena of light in the sky.

Mats Mattsson, a member of the group Amateur Astronomers of Stockholm (STAR), presents his fabulous pictures of the sky at this website. The images at the site are divided into a series of links which include Auroras, Halos, Rainbows, Crepuscular rays, and the sun. With each category, the author has provided a short introduction to the phenomenon presented. Users can learn about the equipment Mats...

http://home.swipnet.se/matsm/english/
View Resource Aurora Watch

At this website, visitors can monitor geomagnetic activity and find out when the aurora borealis may be visible from the UK. Lancaster University offers background information on the characteristics and causes of an aurora, plots of both same day and previous day activities, and magnetometer data. Students and educators can learn how to make their own pop-bottle and compass aurora detectors....

https://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/
View Resource The Aurora Page

Based at Michigan Tech, the Aurora Page was created by Michael Dolan and celebrates the meteorological phenomenon commonly known as the Northern Lights. For those who may not be familiar with this phenomenon, it is a natural light display that tends to happen in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the thermosphere. On the site's...

http://www.geo.mtu.edu/weather/aurora/