A massive solar flare caused an especially spectacular light show — The Northern Lights — this past week (and in January, 2012 — see below). I don’t really understand how it all works, but there certainly some great pictures of it
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About the Northern Lights:
Northern Lights: Sun Storm Gives Spectacular Show is a slideshow from ABC News.
The Boston Globe has an infographic explaining the Northern Lights.
Northern Lights is a slideshow from MSNBC.
Mother Nature’s Stunning Light Show is a slideshow from Fox News.
‘Solar Tsunami’ Hurtles Toward Earth is a video from Fox.
You can create your own Northern Lights at Mr. Nussbaum.
Solar tsunami: aurora borealis or northern lights caused by solar flares is a slideshow from The Telegraph.
Another solar storm happened in January of 2012:
Strongest solar storm since 2005 hitting Earth is a photo gallery from The Sacramento Bee.
Massive radiation storm produces spectacular northern lights (+video) is from The Christian Science Monitor.
Here’s a great picture from the BBC.
Here’s a slideshow from Space.com.
Here’s a CNN video:
And here’s another CNN video:
The Sky Is on Fire! Your Complete Visual Guide to the Northern Lights is from The Atlantic.
New Aurora Pictures: Solar Storms Trigger Northern Lights is from National Geographic.
The Northern Lights were filmed from the International Space Station recently. You can read more about it here:
Additional suggestions are welcome.