The vibrant purple night glow is a striking sight, but scientists are intrigued for another reason. STEVE is an entirely new phenomenon, different from the aurora events that it has previously been associated with.
NASA will create colorful artificial clouds in the sky in order to study the Earth's ionosphere. They will launch canisters filled with vapor and chemicals that are expected to react when they come in contact with sunlight.
Social media and citizen astronomers played a big part in the recognition of Steve.
Auroras were photographed on the surface of Uranus. The giant ice planet produces a light show similar to Earth's Northern lights.
NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) now holds the Guinness World Record for the highest altitude fix of a GPS signal, just over a month after it successfully made the closest ever separation of a multispacecraft formation.
Solar storms, which are hard to predict, can cause signal disruption and massive power outage
Auroras or northern lights moves in sync with the Earth's magnetic field, according to a recent study using the data from NASA's Themis mission.
NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope released a stunning photograph of Jupiter's massive aurora lights of high-energy particles. It is said to be massive enough to cover more than the Earth's surface.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's polar bear cub has finally been named. The bear, with a name that combines her parents' names, is doing well. That's great news, because the survival rate of polar bear cubs is about 50 percent.
NASA recently discovered that low-energy secondary electrons have an unexpected role in creating Northern Light shows.
Sometimes it's not the perfection of the cosmos that makes it beautiful, but its failures. Scientists have discovered that brown dwarfs - the dim and failed stars of our universe - posses some stunningly planet-like characteristics, including breathtaking aurora displays.
If there ever is a time astronauts are reminded why they do what they do, it's when they get to witness stunning sights like this.
Turns out that the first men and women to visit Mars might be in for a show. Experts from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and several respectable institutes have determined that full and colorful auroras occasionally streak across the Red Planet's skies - confirmation that visible versions of the phenomenon occur on terrestrial planets other than Earth.
It seems that despite the fact that humanity has had orbiters in the sky and landers on the Martian surface since the 1970s, the Red Planet is still full of surprises. A new Mars orbiter sent by NASA has now noticed not one, but two unexpected phenomena in the planet's atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and an unusual aurora.
Just yesterday, while everyone was pinching, pounding down beer, or having an existential meltdown over the truth about shamrocks, people in Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and Iceland got the Northern Lights show of a lifetime. That's because a stunningly powerful solar storm supercharged the auroras in these regions, lighting up the evening sky with some festive colors.