February 18, 2011 |
Thanks to a powerful solar flare , the northern lights are on tour -- sort of. Locals and lucky travelers in Northern Ireland this week have seen the dazzling ribbons of color usually reserved for higher latitudes. The reason? Particles from the solar flare that have started to rain down on Earth also have made the lights, a.k.a. the aurora borealis, visible to more people. (The magnetic showers expected to last to midday Friday also have the potential to down power grids and interrupt communications, according to this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration update .)
January 18, 2009 |
Iceland is famous for two kinds of night life. One is the manic weekend reveling in the capital, Reykjavik, where young folk stream from bar to bar in the narrow cobblestone streets, drinking, dancing and striking occasional sparks until daybreak.
July 27, 2008
Bravo! I absolutely enjoyed Chris Erskine's article on taking the train through Alaska ["Polar Express," July 20]. I was considering going there this summer with my 12-year-old son, but our plans have changed. We'll go there next summer for sure. I'm going to save the article with tons of useful info and excellent photos. I'm thinking to do exactly what he recommends. Alex Viduetsky Valley Village -- Saying that there's little to do in Fairbanks is pathetic. We spent several fascinating days in that city, enjoying wonderful museums about the diverse people and animals; learning about the difficulty of life at 50 degrees below; visiting the Alaska pipeline and getting in-depth information about the technology and controversy; learning about musk oxen, caribou and reindeer at the Large Animal Research Center; and taking a trip on a riverboat.
July 26, 2008 |
NASA released findings Thursday that indicate magnetic explosions about one-third of the way to the moon cause the northern lights, or aurora borealis, to dance across the sky in spectacular shapes and colors. A fleet of five small satellites, called Themis, observed the beginning of a geomagnetic storm in February, while ground observatories recorded the brightening of the northern lights. A team led by UCLA scientist Vassilis Angelopoulos confirmed that the observed storm about 80,000 miles from Earth was triggered by a phenomenon known as magnetic reconnection.
September 22, 2006 |
The generational glue that binds families and the choices one makes as an adult are at issue in "Aurora Borealis," a bittersweet drama starring Joshua Jackson and Donald Sutherland. Most successful in capturing the emotional elements of its story, the film relies on its excellent cast to balance out sketchily drawn characters and the unfortunate obviousness of its plot.
December 17, 2005 |
Auroras similar to the ones that cast great curtains of spectral light over Earth's polar regions have been found on Mars, physicists at UC Berkeley said. Researchers analyzing six years of data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft say they have found evidence of hundreds of auroras flashing across the barren landscape. The discovery is a surprise because Mars does not have a planet-wide magnetic field like the one that blankets Earth.