Beware the aurora: How AU is heading off the dangerous effects of aurora borealis

Aurora borealis, commonly known as northern lights, are a major area of research for the Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory (AUGO).

The aurora borealis that glow and flicker across the northern Canadian sky are beautiful, intriguing… and potentially destructive. It turns out that this “space weather” can affect GPS navigation and even knock out power grids. In 1989, the Hydro-Québec power grid was taken down completely by a space weather event. To get a better handle on how and where auroras are generated, … [Read more...]