Every March, aurora spring taunts science. Persistent cheekiness flies in the face of conventional wisdom – inexplicably, sudden auroras erupt with alarming intensity. “Auroral substorms” herald the return of northern hemisphere Spring. In 2007 NASA launched the THEMIS mission (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms), five identical satellites lined up to detect streams of plasma and cosmic particles.
“The satellites have detected magnetic ‘ropes’ connecting Earth’s upper atmosphere directly to the Sun,” says Dave Sibeck, project scientist for the mission at the Goddard Space Flight Center. “We believe that solar wind particles flow in along these ropes, providing energy for geomagnetic storms and auroras.”
Leaving science to hunt substorm’s elusive key – treat yourself to four and a half minutes of the “world’s first real time northern lights”. Unadulterated, void of timelapse pageantry – a catch your breath audience with aurora spring.
Don’t know about you, I’ve never given much thought to life beneath Arctic ice. Time lapse video from the BBC series “Life”, cemented a breathtaking reality. Beyond mesmerizing, ponder nature’s unassuming determination.
Mottled distortion,unapologetic eruptions of garish yellow cradled in arms of ethereal blue light. Stark, unnatural, misplaced – such is, the bruised night.
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7000 light years from Earth, constellation Serpens harbors a gaseous cluster of stars known as the Eagle Nebula. In 1995, Jeff Hester and Paul Scowen used the Hubble telescope to capture iconic images of Eagle’s northeast quadrant. Unimaginably vast columns of dense hydrogen molecules and cosmic dust. Stalwart sentries, resolute as globules wider than our solar system evaporate from twisted crowns. “Pillars Of Creation” embodies cosmic wonder, but for the Hubble Space Telescope, wonder would be harder to find.
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