Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The aurora borealis online

Northern lights viewable every night on new Canadian Space Agency website
The Canadian Press: Canada's northern lights are going online. Starting last night, Live feeds of the aurora borealis are available on AuroraMax, a website set up by the Canadian Space Agency... The light show begins after dusk local time or at about 11:30 EDT. But if skywatchers can't stay up, they can watch it the next day on video.

The launch of the online observatory coincides with aurora season in Northern Canada, which generally begins in late August or early September and ends in May. Auroras occur as charged particles from the sun collide with gases in Earth's upper atmosphere. The online observatory is a collaborative initiative involving the space agency, the University of Calgary, the city of Yellowknife and Astronomy North. Watch the aurora at AuroraMax.
Image source here.