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Antarctic lights

 

Can we see aurorae near the Earth’s south pole as well? We sure can! Quite a lot of scientists work down in the Antarctic and they can watch and study spectacular displays. By the way, down under it's called the aurora australis.

 

 

These images show displays of the aurora australis photographed from the Antarctic.

         
 

 

Antarctica is an ideal place to study aurorae and the Earth's atmosphere. There are many scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) working down there.

         

Scientists working in the Antarctic are trying to understand how the energy carried by the solar wind is transferred into space near the Earth. Antarctica is an ideal place to study these questions since one of the Earth’s magnetic poles is in this part of the world. Alex worked for the British Antarctic Survey to find out more visit the Solar Guides section.

 

Some scientists working hard in the Antarctic.

 
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