I write a lot about aurorae, the lovely and eerie glowing lights at extreme latitudes caused when subatomic particles from the Sun are channeled down into the atmosphere by Earth’s magnetic field.
Whenever I do I always wind up having to write a brief explanation of how they work; that’s the responsibility of a science writer.
But my burden is now eased a bit thanks to this well-done video giving a solid overview:
What I like about the video is that it covers the basics without giving too much detail or worrying over distracting side issues. And I have all those covered in earlier posts! So, for your brainy pleasure, here is more detail on …
what they look like when you're directly underneath (called a corona);
In fact, gathering all these links in one place will make my life a lot easier next time I post a gorgeous aurora time-lapse!
My thanks to David Miles, part of the Investigations of Cusp Irregularities sounding rocket program, who sent me some links about the ICI-4 rocket campaign, which led me to the video.