Above The Poles: Home
View into Space
View from Space
Related IPY Projects
IPY projects looking Above The Polar Regions.
Flyers: In many languages
Download an activity flyer in your language
Meet The Scientists
Profiles of researchers and other IPY participants. Several are happy to be contacted.
Links and Resources
Links to organisations related to science Above the Polar Regions.
About International Polar Days
Learn about past and future Polar Days.
Activities and Events:
Auroras, weather observing, satellites, neutrinos & more!
Join researchers in the Antarctic and Arctic through live web events
Launch a Virtual Weather Balloon
Add your balloon to a map of people marking International Polar Day.
Press releases and images
Press releases and images for downloading.
Above The Poles: Auroras
photo credit: Lars Poort, Greenland
An aurora is a wavering glow of light that is seen sometimes in the night sky in the direction of the North or South poles. The ones we see in the Northern Hemisphere are sometimes also called the northern lights.
An aurora is caused by very fast, charged particles