Northern lights online
September 20, 2010 5:20 PM   Subscribe

AuroraMax will be providing live images of Canada's northern lights, courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency. It all begins tonight at about 11:30 EDT.
posted by Crane Shot (10 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Thank you for posting this!
posted by cyndigo at 5:30 PM on September 20, 2010

Cool! The Internet is a great place for seeing astronomical phenomena that are only visible in far away places. This one is closer than most, but it might as well be on the other side of the globe for city folk, with all the light pollution. It's nice of the Space Agency and its partners to bring the northern lights closer to everyone.

But seeing something on a screen is nothing like watching it with your own two eyes in situ. The aurora borealis can be incredibly beautiful when it sneaks up on you unexpectedly, on a cold winter night. You're busy doing something else, happen to look up, and surprise! The horizon is covered in green curtains of light.
posted by Kevin Street at 5:30 PM on September 20, 2010

Awesome! I always seem to find out about these things the day after. Thank you for sharing!
posted by NoraCharles at 5:48 PM on September 20, 2010

Aw, Yellowknife. I like that town. Apparently it gets quite the influx of Japanese tourists who hope to conceive under the Northern Lights as part of some sort of fortune superstition. At least, that was the explanation I received for the Japanese-speaking hotel clerk, and all the hotel rules in kanji...

Mrs. B will really appreciate this (she's never seen them, so live broadcast is for her the closest yet...). Thanks.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:03 PM on September 20, 2010

Oh yay, thank you so much for this bliss.
posted by nickyskye at 6:13 PM on September 20, 2010

Also, while the music is pleasant and calming, I need something to match the intensity of just having broken through an ore cube into some sprawling, black abyss of caverns...

"The Keep" Soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Definitely.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:15 PM on September 20, 2010

ARGH. Well, it had to be my time eventually. Sorry.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:15 PM on September 20, 2010

I wish it was a higher resolution (and not round) picture, but you can't have it all. It's still neat.
posted by amro at 8:31 PM on September 20, 2010

APOD for September 17
posted by IvoShandor at 2:44 AM on September 21, 2010

Nooooooo! These are Canadian secrets, not for public consumption! Then they'll know where we get our superpowers...
posted by Theta States at 6:40 AM on September 21, 2010

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