8A70.65 - Aurora

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Particle - Magnetic Field Interaction
Area of Study:
Solar System
3 Movies: Aurora, Aurora: Rivers of Light in the Sky, and Mechanical Universe II: Tape 8 - Magnetism.

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  • Front Cover Page, TPT, Vol. 51, #9, Dec. 2013.
  • David P. Stern, "The Polar Aurora", TPT, Vol. 44, #2, Feb. 2006, p. 68.
  • Ole Anton Haugland, "Photographing Auroras: Important and Profitable", TPT, Vol. 44, #2, Feb. 2006, p. 68.
  • Henry Manos, "Photographing Auroras", TPT. Vol. 43, # 9, Dec. 2005, p. 573. 
  • "Addendum", TPT, Vol. 33, #2, Feb. 1995, p. 71.
  • James H. Clemmons and Robert H. Evans, "Auroral Measurements from Space Brought into the Classroom", TPT, Vol. 33, #1, Jan. 1995, p. 34.
  • S. I. Akasofu, " The Aurora", TPT, Vol. 17, #4, Apr. 1979, p. 228.  
  • Salvador Galindo, Diego Galindo, "An 18th Century Glow Discharge Experiment to Model an Aurora", AJP, Vol. 78, #9, Sept. 2010, p. 902.
  • Andrew Grant, "A Step Toward Deciphering Auroras", Physics Today, Vol. 70, #5, May 2017, p. 22.
  • M. Laroussi, "Aurora in a Bottle", Physics Today, Vol. 69, #10, Oct. 2016, p. 88.
  • Todd Peterson, "HAARP, The Most Powerful Ionosphere Heater on Earth", Physics Today, Vol. #68, #12, Dec. 2015, p. 72.
  • Toni Feder, "Northern Lights Dance", Physics Today, Vol. 66, #7, July 2013, p. 28.
  • Robert J. Strangeway, "How do Auroras Form?", Physics Today, Vol. 61, #7, July 2008, p. 68.
  • Emily Conover, "Scientists Discuss the Dangers of Space Weather", APS News, Vol. 25, #3, Mar. 2016, p. 5 - 6.
  • "Flying Over an Aurora", Ad Astra, Vol. 27, #4, Winter 2015, p. 3.
  • Jearl Walker, "5.46. Auroras", The Flying Circus of Physics Ed. 2, p. 239.
  • Jearl Walker, "3.80. Hearing Auroras and Fireballs", The Flying Circus of Physics Ed. 2, p. 177.
  • "Understanding the Aurora", Geophysical Institute, 1998.
  • Curt Suplee, "Getting Charged", Everyday Science Explained, National Geographic, p. 86 - 87.
  • "Highest Atmospheric Phenomena", Guiness Book of World Records, 2003, p. 66.
  • "Understanding the Aurora", University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, 1998.

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