aurora

  • Mystery solved: Jupiter’s X-ray aurora explained

    X-ray flares triggered by vibrations in magnetic field lines.

    Chinese and UK researchers have solved a 40-year-old puzzle: how does Jupiter produce regular and spectacular bursts ...

    Astrophysics July 11, 2021
  • 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
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    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
  • Study raises concern for sun ‘superflare’

    Research finds it’s not just young stars that behave explosively.

    Astronomers monitoring data from thousands of distant stars have come to an unnerving conclusion: every 2000 to 3000 ...

    Astronomy June 12, 2019
  • Supercomputer clues to violent magnetic events

    Modelling clarifies mystery of solar storms and aurorae.

    Researchers are a step closer to understanding the violent magnetic events that cause the storms on the sun’s surface...

    Physics October 23, 2018
  • Saturn wears the crown

    Hubble imaging reveals the majesty of a massive planet’s massive aurora.

    For a period of seven months in 2017, NASA’s Hubble Space telescope took a series of images, using ultraviolet light,...

    Space September 3, 2018
  • This is not an aurora

    Mysterious light is an entirely new celestial phenomenon. Andrew Masterson reports.

    A mysterious light in the sky has been found not to be an aurora, confounding the conclusions of many astronomers. Wh...

    Earth Sciences August 21, 2018
  • Jupiter’s aurorae put the Earth’s to shame

    Images from Juno surprise planetary scientists with unexpected results. Richard A Lovett reports.

    Planetary scientists studying the upper atmosphere of Jupiter have discovered unexpected details in bright spots in i...

    Space July 8, 2018
  • Aurora and dawn

    The International Space Station is the perfect place to watch the sun rise.

    Astronaut Ricky Arnold snapped this photo from the International Space Station and posted it to Twitter with the comm...

    Earth Sciences April 16, 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
  • Jupiter’s light show just got weird

    A newly discovered southern aurora behaves quite differently to its northern counterpart. Andrew ...

    After years of fruitless searching, astronomers have discovered a southern aurora on Jupiter – and it’s weird.On Eart...

    Space October 30, 2017
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