What Causes the Northern Lights (and where you should see them)

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Reactions Science Videos | May 29, 2019

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Every winter thousands of tourists head north hoping to catch a glimpse the luminous auroras dancing in the sky. In this episode of Reactions, we’re sharing tips on how to increase your chances of seeing one and breaking down the chemistry behind the colors of this awe-inspiring wonder.


Glowing Gases - Aurorae

Ionosphere Constituents

Learn more about Earth Core


Why Do the Northern and Southern Lights Differ?

Asymmetric auroral intensities in the Earth’s Northern and Southern hemispheres

Aurora Forecast

Origin of 'theta aurora'—long-standing space mystery—revealed

Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why

Colors of the Aurora

Northern lights moving south, study shows

Why NASA Is Exploring The Edge Of Our Planet's Atmosphere

Space Weather Conditions

A quarter of a century with the auroral oval

A Coronal Mass Ejection strikes the Earth.ogv

NASA - Magnetic Reconnection


The Colors of the Aurora

What is an aurora? - Michael Molina

Excited atoms produce light

What is the aurora?

WHY is green the most common color for an aurora?

Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others' butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it's OK to pee in the pool? We've got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

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