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NSF (1) – Aurora Australis

Aug 15th, 2009 | Categories: Photography | Sci-Fi | Scientific

Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

A selection of five galactic vista’s featuring the phenomenon ‘Aurora Australis‘ dancing high above the South Pole Telescope at Amundsen-Scott Station, Antarctica.

The Aurora Australis is the Southern Hemispherical equivalent of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Auroras occur when Solar Wind carrying charged particles from the Sun enter the upper atmosphere and are accelerated through Earth’s magnetic field. The Southern lights are less witnessed than there Northern counterpart, mainly due to the fact there’s much less inhabited land at high southern latitudes.

Read more about Auroras here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_(astronomy)

The Photo’s are taken from the National Science Foundation (NSF) website’s multimedia gallery which is fantastic source of high res imagery, from Galactic Panorama’s to renderings of Computational Fluid Dynamics – suffice to say there’s some pretty trippy stuff, well worth a look: http://ow.ly/kabe

Photography by Keith Vanderlinde, National Science Foundation / U.S. Antarctic Program. Hi-Res versions of these shots are at: http://ow.ly/kadM

Comments 14

  1. these picts are amazing! I wish I was there now… instead of beeing melting in Milano 32 humid celsius degrees!

  2. Kie says:

    cheers Franco :)

    haha, yeah as much as I’d love to the see them in person – I also wouldn’t mind some 32c Summer Weather!

  3. aldoz says:

    wow,
    makes me travel
    your blog is really a reference for me, thank you

  4. Hi Kie, here in Milano is going up to 34/35 celsius and humidity makes you feel like 40 degrees… everyone is welcome to join us in this italian open air sauna!!

    I have been to Alaska in august last year… no northern lights in the summer… actually there are as much as in the winter but with daylight it is impossible to observe them… I hope to have the chance to go again in winter but it is quite far from here!!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiaraefranco/2823682429/in/set-72157607084075566/

  5. Kie says:

    Hey Franco,

    Any chance to travel is good I reckon…. Alaska, yeap would love to go

    here’s a link to an Aurora as seen from space, I’d settle for seeing them for the ground
    though :)

    http://orbitingfrog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/AuroraBorealis.jpg

  6. wow, they are amazing also from space!! thanks for the pict!!

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