Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Chandra's latest views of our home planet



We never seem to tire of looking at images of our own planet. Which is why "in an unusual observation, a team of scientists has scanned the northern polar region of Earth with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The results show that the aurora borealis, or 'northern lights', also dance in X-ray light, creating changing bright arcs of X-ray energy above the Earth's surface". More

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