Fidget spinners are the latest fad toy and new student favorite, but did you know they can explain a total solar eclipse? Aurorasaurus founder Liz MacDonald explains how fidget spinners can be used to talk about physics concepts and orbital mechanics for kinesthetic learners.
What are those dark spots on the sun? Coronal holes! In this post, guest blogger Michael Kirk explains what a coronal hole is and tells us about current and upcoming research into the field.
Citizen scientists reported seeing aurora in the midlands of England, the north coast of the Netherlands, and areas in the United States such as Maine, New York, Minnesota and North Dakota. Check out the pictures from the storm and a video showing citizen science reports from March 6, 2016 at 10am EST to March 7, 2016 at 3am EST.
We have much reason to hope for excellent auroral viewing over the next few years. This is because we are progressing into the declining phase of the solar cycle. It sounds strange, but it’s true: the declining phase is the best time for regular auroral displays.
Aurorasaurus hosted a Q&A session on Twitter after the large summer solstice aurora storm. Here is a recap of all the questions and answers.
On Monday, June 22, 2015 a number of coronal mass ejection (CME) events impacted Earth and, our plots of solar wind power showed a very high likelihood for strong aurora activity on Monday evening and Tuesday morning– and citizen scientists caught all the action!
On Friday, two separate CME events were detected and projected to reach the Earth at some point later in the weekend. Be on the lookout tonight for a possibility of strong aurora activity Monday evening/Tuesday morning (June 22nd and 23rd)!
Image of the partial solar eclipse taken on October 23, 2014 by Peter Batty/Flickr If you’ve been looking at the news recently, you may have read about a supersized sunspot which is still just about visible on the solar surface. The sunspot, named AR2192, is so huge that it was visible to the “naked eye” during the partial solar eclipse[…]