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Red, green and blue in this aurora picture. The green is the standard aurora colour, but of course nothing is ever standard about these magnificent shows of nature!

The aurora borealis, or northern lights, that fill the sky in high-latitude regions have fascinated people for thousands of years. But how they're created, while theorized, had not been conclusively proven.

A special type of aurora, draped east-west across the night sky like a glowing pearl necklace, is helping scientists better understand the science of auroras and their powerful drivers out in space.

Aurora Australis Viewed From Orbit

The aurora australis swirls above the Indian Ocean south of Australia as the International Space Station orbited 265 miles over Earth.

NASA successfully launched the Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment or AZURE mission on April 5 from the And√łya Space Center in Norway.

Notanee Bourassa knew that what he was seeing in the night sky was not normal.

Sometimes on a dark night near the poles, the sky pulses a diffuse glow of green, purple and red. Unlike the long, shimmering veils of typical auroral displays, these pulsating auroras are much dimmer and less common.

The majestic auroras have captivated humans for thousands of years, but their nature -- the fact that the lights are electromagnetic and respond to solar activity -- was only realized in the last 150 years.

Canadian Aurora Seen From Above

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted this aurora image over Canada on Jan. 21, 2016 with the message: ""O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies. You were beautiful this morning! #YearInSpace"

This winter, two sounding rockets will launch through the aurora borealis over Norway to study how particles move in a region near the North Pole where Earth's magnetic field is directly connected to the solar wind.

Morning Aurora From the Space Station

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly captured this photograph from the International Space Station on Oct. 7, 2015.

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly captured this photo of an aurora from the International Space Station on June 23, 2015.

On Earth, bursts of particles spewed by the Sun spark shimmering auroras, like the Northern Lights, that briefly dance at our planet's poles.

Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the sun's effect on Earth, but many aspects of these spectacular displays are still poorly understood.

NOAA Ovation Aurora Model Goes Operational

The aurora is highly correlated with a number of space weather impacts on systems making forecasting the location and intensity of the aurora important.

The Dance of Saturn's Auroras

Ultraviolet and infrared images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope show active and quiet auroras at Saturn's north and south poles.

60-Degree View of Saturn's Auroras

NASA trained several pairs of eyes on Saturn as the planet put on a dancing light show at its poles.

Stunning Video: Roots of Life

This video was directed by Rajan Mehta, combining his footage of the aurora borealis with imagery from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Aurora Australis

This isn't someone's frame grab of a decorative Halloween scene, although it was photographed on Halloween eve. It is actually a picture of the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights, photographed by one of the Expedition 37 crew members on the International Space Station as the orbital complex flew over Tasmania on Oct. 30. The human-produced hardware in the picture is part of the outpost's robotic arm system.

Hoping to expand our understanding of auroras and other fleeting atmospheric events, a team of space-weather researchers designed and built NORUSCA II, a new camera with unprecedented capabilities that can simultaneously image multiple spectral bands, in essence different wavelengths or colors, of light.

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