Northern Lights Attacking Earth?

A special report from BBC Nature:

Could our planet be under attack from the unearthly forces that cast a mysterious glow across the poles, disrupting life as we know it?

The strange, beautiful coloured lights that circle the Earth’s polar regions are a source of fascination for many.

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, shines above Bear Lake, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, shines above Bear Lake, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

But as the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, dance in the frozen skies over Alaska, scientists’ trigger fingers are poised to launch rockets.

The researchers at the world’s largest land-based rocket range hope to learn more about these storms and their impact on lives in the northern hemisphere.

Rocket men
The Poker Flat Research Range’s location in central Alaska makes it the perfect place to study, and film, the Aurora Borealis.

So filmmakers headed there to capture footage both of the natural phenomenon and the scientists’ explosive experiments for the BBC series Frozen Planet.

They worked with a team from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute – the only academic institution in the world with its own scientific rocket-launching facility…

[continues at BBC Nature]

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  • Anonymous

    Why was I not told about these jobs at career day…

    What are you doing today.  Oh you know just shooting a rocket off, then I’m going to launch chickens at windshields.

  • Anonymous

    Why was I not told about these jobs at career day…

    What are you doing today.  Oh you know just shooting a rocket off, then I’m going to launch chickens at windshields.

  • I_abide

    Why was I not told about these jobs at career day…

    What are you doing today.  Oh you know just shooting a rocket off, then I’m going to launch chickens at windshields.

    • the easy button

      things you know. Things You Know You Don’t Know. THINGS YOU DONT KNOW YOU DONT KNOW…

      • Leachpunk

        STUFF THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!

    • Anarchy Pony

      I know right? I would have lined up in a second for the geology/volcanology booth.

  • the easy button

    things you know. Things You Know You Don’t Know. THINGS YOU DONT KNOW YOU DONT KNOW…

  • the easy button

    things you know. Things You Know You Don’t Know. THINGS YOU DONT KNOW YOU DONT KNOW…

  • Anonymous

    STUFF THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!

  • Anarchy Pony

    I know right? I would have lined up in a second for the geology/volcanology booth.

  • Healer

    I tried watching the two videos of the launch on the BBC Nature website and it says, “Not available in your area.” Why would I not be able to watch a video in my area, help me out amigos.

  • Healer

    I tried watching the two videos of the launch on the BBC Nature website and it says, “Not available in your area.” Why would I not be able to watch a video in my area, help me out amigos.

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