NASA scientists induce trippy artificial aurorae in a lab.
NASA takes beautiful images of an eruption on the sun that is sending particles racing towards the Earth.
Think of these atmospheric phenomena as the shy auroras of the mid latitudes.
You've probably heard all kinds of horror stories about how the solar flare that's currently pummeling Earth means we should all be wearing tinfoil hats and cowering in our basements fighting off panic and anarchy. But really, it's not that bad, and there's one big reason why you should be excited that a solar flare is pointing our way: auroras.