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The Aurora Borealis

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The Aurora Borealis


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Salten, orway

Northern Lights

Aurora Australis or Southern lights


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Content
1. Introduction Facts 2. Formation Process 3. Features 4. Conclusions 5. References

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Introduction

Facts
Atmosphere
Nitrogen Oxygen
Argon Rare gases Carbon dioxide and

Earths Magnetic Field

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Introduction

Facts
Charged particles
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Solar Wind and Magnetosphere

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Formation process

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Features
Height

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Features
Colors

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Oxygen Nitrogen

red and green-yellow light blue light

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Features
Solar Connection Sunspot

Graph from the Roald Amundsen Center for Arctic Research, University of Troms, orway
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Conclusions
Auroras have fascinated observers for centuries but little is known about their origin

The Auroras are spectacular to watch and they are actually a manifestation of the space weather

The Sun is the source of the auroras, the auroras are the only visible evidence we have that the Sun and Earth are a system which is connected by more than just gravity and sunlight

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References
1. Amazing Northern Lights Time Lapse (NationalGeographic video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcfWsj9OnsI&feature=related
(consulted: november 5, 2010)

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Auroras, Paintings in the Sky http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/auroras/


(consulted: november 10, 2010)

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What is the solar connection? http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/auroras/aboutsun.html


(consulted: november 10, 2010)

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Secrets of the Polar Aurora by David P. Stern (From talk presented in Anchorage, Alaska, 11 August 2002) http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/Education/aurora.htm
(consulted: november 5, 2010)

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Solar Magnetic Eruption Sends Charged Particles Toward Earth August 1 2010 (Animation) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp92mX7wUFs&feature=related
(consulted: January 3, 2010)

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Excited atoms produce Light (Flash movie) http://www2.gi.alaska.edu/asahi/movies/neon.html


(consulted: Januaru 3, 2010)

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Magnetic Mania: Magnetism on Earth and Beyond (Animation) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz0F-2-HU_Y&feature=related


(consulted: January 3, 2010)

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Thanks!

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