Science Behind the Brightest Auroras

Though scientists have long understood the basic mechanism behind auroras (aka the northern lights or southern lights), a new paper published by Nature Communications offers “definitive evidence” on the spectacular physical process behind the brightest auroras. These colorful, undulating displays typically occur when particles charged by the Sun enter into Earth’s magnetosphere, collide with molecules and generate energy. However, physicists from the University of Iowa; …

Reykjavík Turns Off Street Lights for the Aurora Borealis

Usually people have to travel far from cities to escape light pollution and see the Aurora Borealis clearly, but this week, the city of Reykjavík switched off and dimmed street lights for one hour so city-dwellers could enjoy the beautiful phenomenon. Many buildings followed suit, turning off lights inside. This week’s Northern Lights were predicted to be especially stunning, which is why the decision was …

A Scented Candle Inspired by the Aurora Borealis

From hygge experts Skandinavisk for the upcoming AW16 collection

Spreading the uniquely Scandinavian warmth of “hygge” via elegant scented candles, Skandinavisk has an exceptionally striking new design for their AW16 collection that caught our eye. Named “Nordlys” (Danish and Norwegian for the Northern Lights), it’s inspired by one of nature’s greatest paintings in the sky that the Arctic Region gets to witness. “With Nordlys, the ambition was to create a fragrance truly indefinable but …