aurora borealis

  • Aurora created in a lab

    Physicists definitively describe how auroras are created.

    A team of physicists has just completed a decades-long quest to experimentally demonstrate the physical mechanism of ...

    Core Sciences June 8, 2021
  • Opinion

    Fred Watson: Greatest Science Cinematography

    Legendary astronomer picks space films that hit close to home.

    On a cold, wintery day there was nothing better than to sit down and check out this year’s SCINEMA International Scie...

    ASC Edits August 18, 2020
  • A caper inside an aurora borealis

    Scientists study the waves that accelerate electrons into our atmosphere.

    The daytime aurora borealis, observed from an all-sky camera in Longyearbyen, Norway.KJELL HENRIKSEN OBSERVATORY/UNIS...

    Space January 29, 2019
  • Magnetic apocalypse downgraded

    Modelling suggests that the Earth’s magnetic field won’t be flipping any time soon. Andrew Master...

    In 2018, UK tabloid newspaper The Sun ran a very disturbing story. “The Earth’s magnetic poles could be about to flip...

    Earth Sciences April 30, 2018
  • An aurora named Steve

    Citizen scientists helped NASA boffins understand a previously unknown kind of aurora.

    A composite image show the ‘Steve’ aurora and the Milky Way over Childs Lake, Manitoba, Canada.Krista Trinder Th...

    Earth Sciences March 21, 2018
  • What creates Earth's magnetic field?

    The Earth’s core works like a giant bicycle dynamo in reverse.

    Travelling to see the Northern or Southern lights has made its way into almost everyone’s bucket list. But unknown to...

    Earth Sciences May 1, 2017
  • What causes an aurora over the poles?

    Nature’s most spectacular light show.

    The aurora is one of nature’s most spectacular light shows. It’s easy to be captivated by the beauty of the phenomeno...

    Earth Sciences August 3, 2016
  • A collection of Cosmos Snapshots

    Each issue the Cosmos Magazine editorial team choose one stunning image to highlight. Take a look...

    Arctic-Images/Corbis The Milky WayLight pollution in the world’s cities has cut millions off from the stars...

    Space January 5, 2015
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