Check out the NORTHERN LIGHTS section. There's just about everything in this library that you'd ever need to know about the Arctic, listed both ALPHABETICALLY and by CATEGORY. Ideal for students. (Double-click any word on these pages for a "pop-up" definition.)
AURORA FROM SPACE
Some satellite and space shuttle images.
PHOTOS OF THE AURORA
Nine pages of great aurora photos from Alaska by
Jan Curtis - a feature of
THE AURORA PAGE.
AURORA'S NORTHERN LIGHTS
Images of the Aurora by Jan Curtis. This is his own site (see
Photos of the Aurora above).
REVONTULET - NORTHERN LIGHTS
In Finland, the northern lights are called 'revontulet', which means 'fox fires' - a name derived from an ancient fable of the Arctic fox starting fires by spraying up snow with its brush-like tail.
NOAA NORTHERN LIGHTS LINKS
Links for Auroras, Noctilucent (shining or glowing by night) Clouds, and Aurora viewing, forecasts, and alerts.
AURORAS: PAINTINGS IN THE SKY
A site that answers the most commonly asked questions about auroras.
Just about everything you'd need to know about the Northern Lights, and then some. Most of this is very technical, but check out THE NORTHERN LIGHTS AND FOLKLORE
SIMULATING THE AURORA
The image panels featured here constitute a first ever attempt at generating synthetic images and animations of the aurora borealis employing high-performance computer workstation technology.
TIPS ON VIEWING THE AURORA
Being able to see the Aurora depends mainly on two factors - the degree of disturbance of the earth's magnetic field at the time and your location. Further considerations are the weather at your location, and light pollution from city lights, full moon and so forth.
The Polar satellite has the responsibility for multi-wavelength imaging of the aurora.
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights. Photographs, Movies and Sounds.
SHOOTING THE AURORA BOREALIS
Dick Hutchison passes on his experience on photographing the Northern Lights. This is pretty technical stuff, but here it is anyway.
WHAT CAUSES THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?
What causes the northern lights? When are they most visible? What creates the different colors? What do the auroras look like from space?
AURORA BOREALIS - THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Lots of information prepared for Virtual Finland, including help in hunting down the Northern Lights.
NORDLYS NORTHERN LIGHTS
Flickering curtains of dancing light against the dark skies, northern lights is certainly one of the most spectacular of nature's phenomena. Aurora science, photography, and auroral activity from Norway.
Nature's most beautiful color display - from a Finnish perspective.
Written over 2,350 years ago, Aristotle's (384-322 BCE*) theories on all things to do with the world make some interesting reading. Check out Book 1 to see what he had to say about the Northern Lights.
AURORAS - PAINTINGS IN THE SKY
Use this site and links to find answers to some common questions about auroras. If you're wondering what some of the terms related to the Northern Lights mean, just check out their AURORA GLOSSARY.
GEOPHYSICAL INSTITUTE'S AURORA FORECAST
To plan a trip to the auroral zone, use the "Long-term (28-day) Forecast" and the "Solar Wind/Geomagnetic Activity Plot". To schedule your aurora watching for the next 3 to 7 days, use the main forecast. To check the predicted activity for the next hour, use the "Short-Term (1 hr) Forecast".
REAL-TIME AURORA WATCH
You can even get reports by e-mail.