These mysterious blue lights were claimed by NASA, whose AZURE rockets left tracers of trimethylaluminum and a mixture of barium and strontium that reacted to create an incredible light show.

NASA

Photographers out hunting for the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland have captured images of strange blue lights in the Arctic skies.

The 15+ blue lights appeared in two clear spots in the sky above Abisko, Sweden. “I first spotted the lights on our Aurora Web Cam which continually captures the night sky above Abisko in Sweden, and couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said Chad Blakley, a Northern Lights photography expert and founder of Lights Over Lapland. “It was completely out of this world!”

The Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment (AZURE), as captured on an Aurora Web Cam by Chad Blakley.

www.LightsOverLapland.com

“It looked like an alien attack”

It was also captured as a time-lapse video by Michael Theusner aboard the MV Trollfjord on Vestfjord, Norway. Andøya Space Center is about 180 km away to the north. “We saw two orange dots rise into the sky and disappear,” he said. “A short while later strange lights and colorful, expanding clouds appeared I first did not have an explanation for. It looked like an alien attack.”

What caused the blue lights?

Aliens? Nope. The phenomenon has been attributed to a scientific experiment from the Andøya Space Center in Norway, which launched two rockets that released metallic powder into atmosphere inside the Northern Lights. On Saturday, 6 April, Andøya Space Center tweeted: “NASA Sounding Rockets Program Office and ASC launched two sounding rockets in the AZURE project tonight at 2214 UTC. The two vehicles were launched two minutes apart, reaching 320 km altitude while releasing a visible gas to investigate conditions inside the aurora borealis.” Andøya Space Center is a rocket launch site, rocket range, and spaceport on Andøya island that has launched over 1,200 sounding and sub-orbital rockets since 1962.

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, a rocket launch range in Virginia, then tweeted: “The AZURE mission successfully launched back-to-back aboard two sounding rockets in Norway tonight. These colorful clouds created a light show in the sky, helping researchers track the flow of neutral and charged particles in Earth’s ionosphere.”

What is the AZURE project?

Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment (AZURE) is a sounding rocket mission to study the processes occurring inside the Earth’s “polar cusp”. That’s where the planet’s magnetic field lines bend down into the atmosphere, and where particles from the solar wind in space meet particles from Earth. Exactly what happens next puzzles scientists. AZURE studied the flow of particles in the ionosphere, the electrically charged, turbulent and incredibly complex layer of Earth’s atmosphere that NASA calls a “tumultuous particle soup”.

From rocket launch to dispersal of the blue light-cloud, as captured by on an Aurora Web Cam by Chad Blakley.

www.LightsOverLapland.com

What caused the blue lights?

A completely harmless chemical cloud. The AZURE team had to wait until there was a strong display of the Northern Lights in clear skies during a launch window that was open from March 23 through April 10, hence the sight of blue lights in the sky at the weekend when those conditions prevailed. AZURE launched two sounding rockets near-simultaneously from the Andøya Space Center on Saturday, both of them making measurements of the atmospheric density and temperature. They also deployed visible tracers – trimethylaluminum (TMA) and a barium/strontium mixtures – at altitudes of 71-155 miles. Those mixtures ionize when exposed to sunlight, and the colorful clouds they produce allow researchers to track the flow of neutral and charged particles.

Personnel from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia conduct payload tests for the AZURE mission at the Andøya Space Center in Norway.

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

Will there be more blue lights over Lapland?

Yes. The mission just launched from Norway is the first of eight launching over the next two years as part of an international collaboration of scientists known as the Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI). All are due to launch from the Andøya and Svalbard rocket ranges in Norway.

You can see the Northern Lights at any time of month, but New Moon is best.

Jamie Carter

What causes the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, are the product of violent collisions between Earth’s atmosphere and particles from the Sun. Visible as pulsing and rippling green curtains, they’re caused by electrically charged particles from the solar wind colliding with particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. Although the aurora borealis is more famous, and visible from a much larger surface area, the same phenomenon occurs over the Antarctic Circle, where it’s known as the aurora australis or the Southern Lights. Most easily seen during the long nights of winter in the northern hemisphere, the Northern Lights season is now coming to an end.

“Although every experience with the Northern Lights is different – this one was a complete mystery and surprise even for me,” said Blakley, who has been photographing the Northern Lights for the last 10 years.

Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes

Follow me on Twitter @jamieacarter, @TheNextEclipse or read my other Forbes articles via my profile page.

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These strange blue lights were declared by NASA, whose AZURE rockets left tracers of trimethylaluminum and a mix of barium and strontium that responded to produce an extraordinary light program.

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Aliens? Nope. The phenomenon has actually been credited to a clinical experiment from the Andøya Area Center in Norway, which released 2 rockets that launched metal powder into environment inside the Northern Lights. On Saturday, 6 April, Andøya Area Center tweeted:” NASA Sounding Firecrackers Program Workplace and ASC released 2 sounding rockets in the AZURE job tonight at 2214 UTC. The 2 automobiles were released 2 minutes apart, reaching 320 km elevation while launching a noticeable gas to examine conditions inside the aurora borealis.” Andøya Area Center is a rocket launch website, rocket variety, and spaceport on Andøya island that has actually released over 1,200 sounding and sub-orbital rockets because 1962.

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What is the AZURE job?

Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment (AZURE) is a sounding rocket objective to study the procedures happening inside the Earth’s “polar cusp”. That’s where the world’s electromagnetic field lines flex down into the environment, and where particles from the solar wind in area satisfy particles from Earth. Precisely what occurs next puzzles researchers. AZURE studied the circulation of particles in the ionosphere, the electrically charged, unstable and extremely intricate layer of Earth’s environment that NASA calls a “turbulent particle soup”.

From rocket launch to dispersal of the blue light-cloud, as caught by on an Aurora Web Web Cam by Chad Blakley.

www.LightsOverLapland.com

What triggered the blue lights?

A totally safe chemical cloud. The AZURE group needed to wait up until there was a strong screen of the Northern Lights in clear skies throughout a launch window that was open from March 23 through April 10, for this reason the sight of blue lights in the sky at the weekend when those conditions dominated. AZURE released 2 sounding rockets near-simultaneously from the Andøya Area Center on Saturday, both of them making measurements of the climatic density and temperature level. They likewise released noticeable tracers– trimethylaluminum (TMA) and a barium/strontium mixes– at elevations of 71-155 miles. Those mixes ionize when exposed to sunshine, and the vibrant clouds they produce enable scientists to track the circulation of neutral and charged particles.

Worker from NASA’s Wallops Flight Center in Virginia conduct payload tests for the AZURE objective at the Andøya Area Center in Norway.

NASA’s Wallops Flight Center

Will there be more blue lights over Lapland?

Yes. The objective simply released from Norway is the very first of 8 introducing over the next 2 years as part of a global partnership of researchers referred to as the Grand Difficulty Effort(GCI). All are because of introduce from the Andøya and Svalbard rocket varies in Norway.

You can see the Northern Lights at any time of month, however New Moon is finest.

Jamie Carter

What triggers the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, are the item of violent accidents in between Earth’s environment and particles from the Sun. Noticeable as pulsing and rippling green drapes, they’re triggered by electrically charged particles from the solar wind hitting particles in the Earth’s environment. Although the aurora borealis is more well-known, and noticeable from a much bigger area, the exact same phenomenon happens over the Antarctic Circle, where it’s referred to as the aurora australis or the Southern Lights. A lot of quickly seen throughout the long nights of winter season in the northern hemisphere, the Northern Lights season is now pertaining to an end.

” Although every experience with the Northern Lights is various– this one was a total secret and surprise even for me,” stated Blakley, who has actually been photographing the Northern Lights for the last 10 years.

Wanting you clear skies and broad eyes

Follow me on Twitter @jamieacarter, @TheNextEclipse or read my other Forbes posts by means of my profile page

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These strange blue lights were declared by NASA, whose AZURE rockets left tracers of trimethylaluminum and a mix of barium and strontium that responded to produce an extraordinary light program.

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Photographers out searching for the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland have actually caught pictures of unusual blue lights in the Arctic skies.

The 15 + blue lights appeared in 2 clear areas in the sky above Abisko, Sweden. “I initially found the lights on our Aurora Web Web cam which constantly records the night sky above Abisko in Sweden, and could not think what I was seeing,” stated Chad Blakley, a Northern Lights photography specialist and creator of Lights Over Lapland “It was entirely out of this world!”

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The Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment (AZURE), as caught on an Aurora Web Web Cam by Chad Blakley.

www.LightsOverLapland.com

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“It appeared like an alien attack”

It was likewise caught as a time-lapse video by Michael Theusner aboard the MV Trollfjord on Vestfjord, Norway. Andøya Area Center has to do with 180 km away to the north. “We saw 2 orange dots increase into the sky and vanish,” he stated. “An instant later on unusual lights and vibrant, broadening clouds appeared I initially did not have a description for. It appeared like an alien attack.”

What triggered the blue lights?

Aliens? Nope. The phenomenon has actually been credited to a clinical experiment from the Andøya Area Center in Norway, which released 2 rockets that launched metal powder into environment inside the Northern Lights. On Saturday, 6 April, Andøya Area Center tweeted : “NASA Sounding Firecrackers Program Workplace and ASC released 2 sounding rockets in the AZURE job tonight at 2214 UTC. The 2 automobiles were released 2 minutes apart, reaching 320 km elevation while launching a noticeable gas to examine conditions inside the aurora borealis.” Andøya Area Center is a rocket launch website, rocket variety, and spaceport on Andøya island that has actually released over 1, 200 sounding and sub-orbital rockets because1962

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NASA Wallops Flight Center, a rocket launch variety in Virginia, then tweeted : “The AZURE objective effectively released back-to-back aboard 2 sounding rockets in Norway tonight. These vibrant clouds developed a light program in the sky, assisting scientists track the circulation of neutral and charged particles in Earth’s ionosphere.”

What is the AZURE job?

Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment (AZURE) is a sounding rocket objective to study the procedures happening inside the Earth’s “polar cusp”. That’s where the world’s electromagnetic field lines flex down into the environment, and where particles from the solar wind in area satisfy particles from Earth. Precisely what occurs next puzzles researchers. AZURE studied the circulation of particles in the ionosphere, the electrically charged, unstable and extremely intricate layer of Earth’s environment that NASA calls a “turbulent particle soup”.

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From rocket launch to dispersal of the blue light-cloud, as caught by on an Aurora Web Web Cam by Chad Blakley.

www.LightsOverLapland.com

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What triggered the blue lights?

A totally safe chemical cloud. The AZURE group needed to wait up until there was a strong screen of the Northern Lights in clear skies throughout a launch window that was open from March 23 through April 10, for this reason the sight of blue lights in the sky at the weekend when those conditions dominated. AZURE released 2 sounding rockets near-simultaneously from the Andøya Area Center on Saturday, both of them making measurements of the climatic density and temperature level. They likewise released noticeable tracers– trimethylaluminum (TMA) and a barium/strontium mixes– at elevations of 71 – 155 miles. Those mixes ionize when exposed to sunshine, and the vibrant clouds they produce enable scientists to track the circulation of neutral and charged particles.

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Workers from NASA’s Wallops Flight Center in Virginia conduct payload tests for the AZURE objective at the Andøya Area Center in Norway.

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Will there be more blue lights over Lapland?

Yes. The objective simply released from Norway is the very first of 8 introducing over the next 2 years as part of a global partnership of researchers referred to as the Grand Difficulty Effort (GCI). All are because of introduce from the Andøya and Svalbard rocket varies in Norway.

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You can see the Northern Lights at any time of month, however New Moon is finest.

Jamie Carter

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What triggers the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis , are the item of violent accidents in between Earth’s environment and particles from the Sun. Noticeable as pulsing and rippling green drapes, they’re triggered by electrically charged particles from the solar wind hitting particles in the Earth’s environment. Although the aurora borealis is more well-known, and noticeable from a much bigger area, the exact same phenomenon happens over the Antarctic Circle, where it’s referred to as the aurora australis or the Southern Lights. A lot of quickly seen throughout the long nights of winter season in the northern hemisphere, the Northern Lights season is now pertaining to an end.

“Although every experience with the Northern Lights is various– this one was a total secret and surprise even for me,” stated Blakley, who has actually been photographing the Northern Lights for the last 10 years.

Wanting you clear skies and broad eyes

Follow me on Twitter @jamieacarter , @TheNextEclipse or read my other Forbes posts by means of my profile page

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