INFOGRAPHIC: How are atoms and molecules excited to make aurora?

By Jessica Clayton

Last week we introduced you to the first of five infographics related to color in aurora. While I would have loved to explain the concepts in one simple infographic, there was just too much information! I broke the material up in to several different, but related, questions. I think all of these are necessary to put together the story of color in aurora. This infographic, second in a five part series, addresses how atoms and molecules in the atmosphere get excited and what that means. Stay tuned for our next infographic about how high aurora occur in the atmosphere.



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Jessica contributed to the Aurorasaurus education team and has a Ph.D. in physics. She lives in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where she attempts to balance life as a mom and physicist.

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