APOD: Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash (2014 Dec 07)

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APOD: Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash (2014 Dec 07)

Post by APOD Robot » Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:08 am

Image Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash

Explanation: Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, haunted skies over the island of Kvaløya, near Tromsø Norway on 2009 December 13. This 30 second long exposure records their shimmering glow gently lighting the wintery coastal scene. A study in contrasts, it also captures the sudden flash of a fireball meteor from the excellent Geminid meteor shower in 2009 December. Streaking past familiar stars in the handle of the Big Dipper, the trail points back toward the constellation Gemini, off the top of the view. Both aurora and meteors occur in Earth's upper atmosphere at altitudes of 100 kilometers or so, but aurora caused by energetic charged particles from the magnetosphere, while meteors are trails of cosmic dust. Toward the end of this week the 2014 Geminids meteor shower will peak, although they will compete with the din of last quarter moonlight.

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Re: APOD: Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash (2014 Dec 07)

Post by Boomer12k » Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:03 am

Cool....um....Literally....

Nice shot...

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Re: APOD: Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash (2014 Dec 07)

Post by Ron-Astro Pharmacist » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:48 pm

Aurora!! Arorua !!

How do they form?

Ground up or sky down

What is the norm?

The link to the magnetosphere

One way or the other

Will keep me looking all year
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