Friday, July 5, 2013

How epic solar winds make brilliant polar lights - Michael Molina



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Why do we see those stunning lights in the northern- and southernmost portions of the night sky? The Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis occur when high-energy particles are flung from the Sun's corona toward the Earth and mingle with the neutral atoms in our atmosphere -- ultimately emitting extraordinary light and color. Michael Molina explains every step of this dazzling phenomenon.

Lesson by Michael Molina, animation by Franco Barroeta.

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