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This site provides information about the appearance and physics of the polar aurora. The article discusses the relation of the aurora to the Earth's magnetic field, the electric currents which accelerate its electrons, solar activity, and also radiation belts and magnetic storms.  Also included is a history of the study of the aurora, images, and links to other resources. This material came from a presentation made by the author in Anchorage Alaska in 2002.
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- Solar System
= Jupiter
- The Sun
= Magnetic Activity
= Space Weather
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- Meteorology
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© 2004 David P. Stern
aurora, magnetic, northern lights, radiation belts
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Metadata instance created May 6, 2004 by David Stern
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January 4, 2007 by Chris Irwin
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Stern, D. (2004, September 28). Secrets of the Polar Aurora. Retrieved November 28, 2023, from
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