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The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

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Aurora: A Celebration of the Northern Lights
by Cary Anderson and David Parkhurst
Greatland Graphics, April 2005
76 pages
The Northern Lights have been dazzling and frightening people for thousands of years. Learn what causes the aurora, how native people explained them, and how it has become a part of our contemporary culture in many unusual ways. Cary Anderson (author of The Eagle Lady) and David Parkhurst have been researching and photographing the northern lights for decades. They also share tips on how to take your own photos.

Aurora Borealis: The Amazing Northern Lights
by Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu (Alaska Geographic Society, 1995)
As always with Alaska Geographic books, this volume is lavishly illustrated, and Dr. Akasofu, one of the leading researchers of the Aurora, explains both the known facts, and the remaining mysteries. Softcover.

The Aurora: An Introduction for Observers and Photographers
by Jim Henderson and John MacNicol (Crooktree Images, 1998)
The photographic talents of Henderson and the scientific knowledge of astronomer MacNicol combine to provide a wide range of information, from the technical aspects of auroral displays to suggestions on how to photograph them. Softcover.

Aurora: The Mysterious Northern Lights
by E. Migdail (Editor) and Candace C. Savage (Sierra Club, 1995)
A well illustrated introduction to the Aurora, with over 60 photos in black-&-white and colour. Softcover.

Aurora : The Northern Lights in Mythology, History, and Science
by Harald Falck-Yitter (Anthroposophic Press, 1985)
ISBN: 0-88010-123-7

Auroras : Light Shows in the Night Sky
by Donna Walsh Shepherd (Franklin Watts, 1995)
One of the "First Books - Science Series," this 64-page volume is intended for children from 9-12 years old. Softcover.

The Aurora: Sun-Earth Interactions
by Neil Bone (Ellis Horwood, 1992)
Ellis Horwood Library of Space Science and Space Technology - Series in Astronomy. Softcover.

The Aurora Watcher's Handbook
by Neil Davis (University of Alaska Press, 1992)
An excellent introduction for people who want to see and understand the Aurora - Davis explains the science, but the primary focus is on how to enjoy and photograph the displays. Softcover. Also available in hardcover.

Auroral Physics
Ching-I. Meng, Michael J. Rycroft, and Louis A. Frank, Editors (Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Beyond the Northern Lights
by Lynn Blaikie (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, October 2006)
"A beautiful picture book with an aboriginal flavour. . . The most impressive feature of this book is its illustrations, which are done in batik using traditional dyes plus brilliant colours in pen and ink." -- Winnipeg Free Press.

Introduction to the Space Environment
Thomas F. Tascione (Krieger Publishing, 1994)
Softcover. Also available in hardcover.

Northern Lights
by Dorothy M. Souza (First Avenue Editions, 1994)
A beautiful introduction to the Aurora for children. Well illustrated with photographs and drawings, this 48-page volume explains space science in household terms such as TV screens, and has a nice mix of mythology in with the science. Softcover. Also available in library binding (by Carolrhoda Books).

Physics of Auroral Arc Formation
by Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu (Editor) (American Geophysical Union, 1981)
Geophysical Monograph #25. Hardcover.

Physics of Magnetospheric Substorms
by Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu (Kluwer Academic Publications, 1976)

The Solar-Terrestrial Environment
J. K. Hargreaves (Cambridge University Press, 1992)
Subtitle: "An Introduction to Geospace-The Science of the Terrestrial Upper Atmosphere, Ionosphere and Magnetosphere)" Softcover.

Solar-Terrestrial Physics
by Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu and Sydney Chapman (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972)
Subtitle: "An account of the wave and particle radiations from the quiet and the active sun, and of the consequent terrestrial phenomena." ISBN: 0-19-851262-7