ExploreNorth, your resource center for exploring the circumpolar North

Return to the Home Page The ExploreNorth Blog Arctic & Northern Books About ExploreNorth Contact ExploreNorth

Search ExploreNorth

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

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

Solar Cycle 24 and the Solar Maximum
We are currently in solar cycle 24, and the winter of 2011-2012 is forecast to offer the best aurora viewing we've seen in decades.

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.

Aurora Borealis
From "Virtual Finland", photos and videos by several photographers.

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.

Aurora Borealis Photos
Sigurður H Stefnisson has posted 26 Northern Lights photos from Iceland.

Aurora Index
Over 30 articles are posted at the Alaska Science Forum site.

A Blast of Solar Wind
NASA reports on some of the effects of a huge geomagnetic storm on October 21, 1999.

Celtic Myths about the Aurora
Kytheriea, of House Shadow Drake, introduces some of the stories about the Fir Chlis, as the Northern Lights were known in Scotland.

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.

Jan Curtis Photos
Almost 50 superb images on-line, with basic suggestions on how to shoot.

A New Auroral Record
For six months in 1995-1996, an all-sky camera set up at Eagle, Alaska recorded all visible auroras within the camera's 870-mile field-of-view.

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

Photographing the Northern Lights
An introduction to capturing the magic of one of the North's most memorable features on film.

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.

Slides of the Aurora
The Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks has 4 sets of slides available for purchase at a very reasonable cost.

Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory
Three photos from this Finnish observatory at 67° 22' N, 26° 38' E.

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.

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.

Home Page About ExploreNorth Contact Us Advertise Here Add Your Site Search This Site