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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 POETRY: Public Outreach, Education, Teaching and Reaching Youth

Dr. Sten Odenwald working with NASA has developed an educational Web site containing "the latest information about auroral science, and the study of the Earth's magnetic field." The scientific topics discussed at this site include auroras, solar wind, space weather, magnetic fields, and the Van Allen belt. Because the authors divided the topics into different educational levels, students and...

https://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/
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 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....

http://www.dcs.lancs.ac.uk/iono/aurorawatch/
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/