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View Resource The Magnetosphere

This web page, authored and curated by Dr. David P. Stern, provides an examination of Earth's magnetosphere and physical phenomena related to it. Subject matter includes the motion of charges in the Earth's magnetic field and the magnetosphere's interaction with the polar aurora and solar wind. A short history of he discovery of the magnetosphere is also included. This page is part of a larger...

View Resource Gallery of Auroras

Auroras are natural atmospheric phenomena created when the solar wind interacts with Earth's magnetosphere, which means that an increase in aurora activity indicates an increase in space weather. This interactive slide show presents images of auroral displays on Earth and other planets, and explains how they form, why they have different colors, and how the ethereal shapes are produced. A...

View Resource Aurora Borealis: What Causes the Northern Lights?

This color brochure answers common questions about the aurora borealis, including its cause, as well as explanations of its colors, shapes, and location. It also lists resources for further study. The brochure may be downloaded in PDF format.

View Resource Magnetic Substorms, Storms and Space Weather

This web page, created by David P. Stern, describes magnetic substorms and storms, their properties, and their relations to charged particle flow and auroras. It includes descriptions of the magnetic field changes in the storms and the sources of energy. This is part of a larger work, "The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere". Other parts of this work cover the polar aurora, the solar wind,...

View Resource Auroras: Paintings in the Sky

Mish Denlinger of San Francisco's Exploratorium created Auroras: Paintings in the Sky, a Web exhibit devoted to this beautiful celestial phenomenon. Visitors are introduced to how auroras are created, what they look from Earth and space, and where they can be found. Spectacular images of auroras accompany the text. A Self-Guided Tour allows browsing at the user's pace and a Teacher's Page...

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