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Explore the Night with Bob King

Aurora at Your Fingertips

A survey of free services and apps that let you keep tabs on space weather so you can anticipate the next great aurora.

Burst of light in the night

Auroras

How to Never Miss an Aurora

Learn exactly how and when to expect the next display of the northern lights with a few easy-to-use online tools.

Auroral curtains

Celestial Objects to Observe

How to Get Aurora Predictions

Although forecasting an aurora remains an inexact science, here are several Web sites that go out on a limb and predict when an aurora might be imminent.

Blue Lagoon

Auroras

Iceland: Fire, Ice, and the Aurora

On November 4, 2002, the northern lights danced over Efri Bru, Iceland. To capture this image, Steve Adams used a camera with Kodak Max 800 film, a 24-mm lens at f/2.0, and an exposure of about 15 seconds. To see more aurora images, go directly to page 10.Courtesy Steve Adams.…

Auroral curtain

Celestial Objects to Observe

Satisfy Your Auroral Longing

If you don’t live in Alaska or Iceland, you can improve your chances of seeing an aurora — and maximize your amount of sleep — by monitoring the level of geomagnetic activity.

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Photographing the Aurora

Photographing the aurora is not that difficult, but it does require a combination of the correct lens, the proper ISO (film) speed, the right exposure, and (of course) a cooperative auroral display.

Auroras

An Aurora Watcher's Guide

Want to see an aurora? In this introduction to auroral phenomena, an expert explains what to look for, when, and how.

Aurora on morning of Oct 29.

Auroras

Auroras Light Up the Sky

Many skywatchers who kept an aurora vigil during the morning hours of October 29, 2003, were richly rewarded by a spectacular display.

Aurora over Boston suburb

Celestial Objects to Observe

Solar Flare Spawns More Aurora

For the second time in two nights, an explosion on the Sun triggered a widespread display of the northern lights, this time during the evening of October 30, 2003.

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