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Newfound Martian Aurora Actually the Most Common; Sheds Light on Mars’ Changing Climate

December 14, 2019

A type of Martian aurora first identified by NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in 2016 is actually the most common form of…
Scientists Find Auroral “Speed Bumps” Are More Complicated

April 30, 2019

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire Space Science Center find that “speed bumps” in space, which can…
Colorful clouds formed by the release of vapors from the two AZURE rockets allow scientist to measure auroral winds. Credits: NASA/Lee Wingfield
NASA Launches Two Rockets Studying Auroras

April 10, 2019

NASA successfully launched the Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment or AZURE mission on April 5 from the Andøya…
Sounding Rocket Mission Will Trace Auroral Winds

April 9, 2019

Editor’s note, April 8, 2019: The Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment or AZURE mission was successfully conducted April…
Sounding Rocket Mission Will Trace Auroral Winds

March 22, 2019

Editor’s note: On March 23, 2019, the launch window for the AZURE mission will reopen after several attempts…
Earth’s magnetosphere, showing the northern and southern polar cusps (illustration). Credits: Andøya Space Center/Trond Abrahamsen
To Catch a Wave, Rocket Launches From Top of World

January 30, 2019

On Jan. 4, 2019, at 4:37 a.m. EST the CAPER-2 mission launched from the Andøya Space Center in…
NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Finds That “Stolen” Electrons Enable Unusual Aurora on Mars

July 24, 2018

Auroras appear on Earth as ghostly displays of colorful light in the night sky, usually near the poles.…
Stolen electrons key to unusual Mars aurora

July 23, 2018

Auroras appear on Earth as ghostly displays of colorful light in the night sky, usually near the poles.…
Watch the Sun to Know When We’re Going to Have Killer Auroras

March 28, 2018

To the naked eye, the Sun puts out energy in a continual, steady state, unchanged through human history.…
Sounding Rocket Mission Will Trace Auroral Winds

March 3, 2018

From the ground, the dance of the northern lights, or aurora borealis, can look peaceful. But those shimmering…
Pulsating Aurora Mysteries Uncovered with Help from NASA’s THEMIS Mission

February 21, 2018

Sometimes on a dark night near the poles, the sky pulses a diffuse glow of green, purple and…
NASA’s Newly Rediscovered IMAGE Mission Provided Key Aurora Research

February 5, 2018

On Jan. 20, 2018, amateur astronomer Scott Tilley detected an unexpected signal coming from what he later postulated…
The Dynamic Duo: Jupiter’s Independently Pulsating X-ray Auroras

November 7, 2017

Jupiter’s intense northern and southern lights, or auroras, behave independently of each other according to a new study…
Jupiter’s X-ray auroras pulse independently

November 2, 2017

The study in Nature Astronomy, found that very high-energy X-ray emissions at Jupiter’s south pole consistently pulse every 11…
September 2017’s Intense Solar Activity Viewed From Space

October 29, 2017

September 2017 saw a spate of solar activity, with the Sun emitting 27 M-class and four X-class flares…
Maven observes large solar storm that sparked global aurora on Mars

October 4, 2017

An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and…
Physicists upend what is known about northern lights

September 18, 2017

What scientists thought caused certain classes of northern lights is not what causes certain classes of northern lights.…
Jupiter’s Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery

September 7, 2017

Scientists on NASA’s Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter’s polar regions that contribute…
Probing the possibility of life on ‘super-Earths’

June 17, 2017

Along with its aesthetic function of helping create the glorious Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, the powerful magnetic…
Nighttime Rocket Launch To Create Colorful Clouds in Space

June 13, 2017

The launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket scheduled for June 12 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility has been postponed…
Sun’s eruptions might all have same trigger

May 1, 2017

Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research…
When Swarm met Steve

April 21, 2017

Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was…
Hubble Spots Auroras on Uranus

April 11, 2017

This is a composite image of Uranus by Voyager 2 and two different observations made by Hubble —…
New research on Northern Lights will improve satellite navigation accuracy

March 14, 2017

Researchers at the University of Bath have gained new insights into the mechanisms of the Northern Lights, providing…
Three Rockets Launched within Hours Explore Auroras over Alaska

March 4, 2017

Three NASA rockets carrying instruments into active auroras over Alaska to aid scientists studying the northern lights and…
One Down, 3 to Go … Sounding Rocket Flies in Alaska to Study Auroras

February 23, 2017

The first of four sounding rockets scheduled for launch from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska to…
10 Years Strong with NASA’s THEMIS Mission

February 22, 2017

On Feb. 17, 2017, NASA’s Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms, or THEMIS, mission marked…
Student-built planeterrella recreates Earth’s vivid lightshows in miniature

February 14, 2017

If you’ve never seen the northern lights, you’re in luck: They’re on display courtesy of an exhibit at…
3, 2, 1… Aurora! 2017 Rocket Campaign Begins in Alaska

January 19, 2017

NASA sounding rocket campaign during January through March 2017, at the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska will…
NASA’s THEMIS Sees Auroras Move to the Rhythm of Earth’s Magnetic Field

September 13, 2016

The majestic auroras have captivated humans for thousands of years, but their nature – the fact that the…
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