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The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

Aurora Borealis FAQs
An excellent introduction to the phenomenon, with links to more advanced information.

Forecast of Auroral Activity
Based on measurements of solar activity, this daily forecast is formulated by researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Aurora Borealis: Alaska Science Forum
Over 80 articles have been posted by the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Aurora Alerts
This is the largest of several Facebook groups for people interested in aurora viewing.

Aurora Lovers
Members of this Facebook group regularly post photos.

Photographing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
An introduction to capturing the magic of one of the North's most memorable features, by Murray Lundberg.

Solar Mini-Max
The solar maximum provides the best opportunities for aurora viewing - this report is from 2014.

Books about the Aurora Borealis
A guide to the best books on the Northern Lights, at all levels from children's introductions to scientific treatises.

Aurora Borealis Videos
There are several thousand aurora videos posted at YouTube.

Finland's Northern Lights Viewfinder
Why does Thomas Kast repeatedly brave the freezing, northern Finnish winter night? To photograph the Northern Lights!

Aurora Borealis & Hale-Bopp Comet
Sixteen photos are posted here.

Aurora Borealis Photos
Tom Eklund has posted a large collection of aurora photos from Finland, and is constantly adding new ones.

Legends and Folklore of the Northern Lights
A few legends, mostly from North American Native groups.

Dick Hutchinson Photos
From Circle, Alaska, Dick has posted a large selection of Aurora photos, as well as comments on how they were shot,

The Final Wish
It was Sanae Nakai's final wish to see the northern lights, and a team of Japanese and Canadians were able to make her wish come true. http://latitude64photos.com/

Latitude 64 Photos
Jan Curtis is one of the best-known of Alaska's aurora photographers, and was one of the first to post his work online. Also see his old Web site.

New Data on the Magnetosphere
From NASA's "Space Science News" in 1998, an excellent illustrated article describing new discoveries, and the many mysteries that remain.

Planet Earth, a Great Magnet
An excellent basic description of solar winds and the aurora, linked to pages with more in-depth information.

Poker Flat Research Range
The world's only scientific rocket launching facility owned by a university is used to study the arctic atmosphere and ionosphere, including the aurora.

The Silver Harness
A beautiful story by Andre DeMerchant that has changed the way I look at the Northern Lights.

Solar Wind Studied
From NASA, a report on the study of the cause of the Auroras, using 3 satellites and a global imaging system.

Sounds of the Aurora
Can you hear the Aurora? - Larry Gedney explains why scientists don't think so.

THEMIS Project
A series of satellites and ground stations are studying the auroral substorms that cause spectacular light displays. The site includes an aurora gallery of images from around the world.

Todd Salat Shots
Todd's images of the Aurora Borealis are superb. As well as a line of note cards, he offers slide shows and workshops in Alaska.

Tromsø Geophysical Observatory
Located in Tromsø, Norway - the Web site has some excellent articles about the Northern Lights.

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