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Views from the sky and space: Antarctica illuminated by an intense wave of aurora

On July 17 and 18, as a result of a Solar eruption which expelled particles in the direction of the Earth, auroras set the sky ablazeAntarctic. As it’s the long austral night right now, the rare inhabitants (mainly scientists) of the white continent were able to enjoy the hours of the show.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aurora, up in space, the Suomi NPP satellite enjoyed it through its eyes. infrared Viirs (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) to grasp the phenomenon whose gleams, mixed with those of the Moonreflected off the icy surface of Antarctica.

Aurora Australis off New Zealand imaged aboard the Sofia Telescope Plane on July 17, 2022. © Ian Griffin of the Otago Museum (New Zealand), Vimeo

Another point of view and almost at the same time, scientists aboard the Sofia telescope plane did not miss a beat, in the tunes, as they flew south of New Zealand. Literally installed in the front row, they walked along the “magical” bands of the dawn which danced in theatmospheretwisting, undulating, unraveling, reconnecting at different altitudes.