On the night of Oct. 8, 2015, a photographer in Harstad, Norway…

On the night of Oct. 8, 2015, a photographer in Harstad, Norway captured this image of the dancing northern lights. Auroras are created when fast-moving, magnetic solar material strikes Earth’s magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere. This collision rattles the magnetosphere in an event called a geomagnetic storm, sending trapped charged particles zooming down magnetic field lines towards the atmosphere, where they collide brilliantly with molecules in the air, creating auroras.

Though many geomagnetic storms are associated with clouds of solar material that explode from the sun in an event called a coronal mass ejection, or CME, this storm was caused by an especially fast stream of solar wind.

‘Geomagnetic storms caused by high-speed solar wind streams aren’t uncommon,’ said Leila Mays, a space physicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. ‘Near solar minimum’”when solar activity like CMEs are less frequent’”these fast streams are actually the most common cause of geomagnetic storms that create auroras.’

Object Names: Auroras in Norway

Image Credit: Johnny Henriksen/ Spaceweather.com

Text Credit:  Sarah Frazier, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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Artist Kadir Nelson Speaks to the Hero in Us All To see more of…

Artist Kadir Nelson Speaks to the Hero in Us All

To see more of his work, follow @kadirnelson on Instagram.

Kadir Nelson (@kadirnelson) searches for subjects who demonstrate the strength of the human spirit, and then pours all of that energy onto the canvas. “If I aspire to be strong, or intellectually, emotionally and spiritually strong, I’m going to put that into the work,” the Los Angeles-based artist says. “And when people look at it, that will ring a bell inside of them that reminds them of who they are and who they aspire to be.” The finished pieces are often a reflection of what’s going on in today’s world. However, as Kadir reminds us, that’s not a new phenomenon. “Looking back on artists from the Renaissance or the turn of the century, a lot of them are painting what was going on around them, so it gives us an idea of what the world was like at that time. That’s what artists of today do. We create art that speaks to what was going on in the national and international dialogue.”

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A Day in the Life of Lady Gaga To see more from Lady Gaga,…

A Day in the Life of Lady Gaga

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Today, our Instagram story is a day in the life of Lady Gaga (@ladygaga), who is out promoting “Perfect Illusion,” her first new pop song in three years. “This record is about me personally as I bring the woman I was in the past into the woman I’ll be in the future,” the six-time Grammy winner told Fresh 102.7 FM in New York City on Monday, about her much-anticipated fifth album. “This is not me being like, ‘Oh, this is the real me, surprise!’ This is just where I am in my life right now, how I feel right now. I always change. Whenever I make a new record, it always teaches me something.”

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Reimagining Everyday Objects (Every Day) With Javier Pérez To…

Reimagining Everyday Objects (Every Day) With Javier Pérez

To discover coffee bean rain, crayon burgers and other everyday objects transformed into magic, follow @cintascotch on Instagram. For more stories from the Spanish-speaking community, follow @instagrames.

(This interview was conducted in Spanish.)

Balloon grapes. Crayon burgers. Coffee bean rain. The mind of Ecuadorian graphic designer Javier Pérez (@cintascotch) has no limits. His compositions reinvent the everyday objects we know and often overlook. “Common objects have a great advantage: they are familiar to our eyes, but changing their context calls the attention of the spectator,” Javier says. After being discovered on Instagram by an art and design blog, his work started appearing in magazines and advertising campaigns; in 2015, he published a book. His unique style encourages people around the world to see things differently. “I never imagined that what I did just for fun could generate a whole trend, as if it were an artistic movement,” he says. From his studio in Guayaquil, Javier shares his motto with us: “Create each day, regardless of your skills.”

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Graffiti artist banned from national parks after vandalizing them



A New York-based graffiti artist was banished from national parks throughout the United States earlier this month, after a month-long spree in 2014 during which she drew paintings on protected rock formations. 

The artist, Casey Nocket, won’t be allowed inside any national park for two years, and was given 200 hours of community service. She’s also been ordered to pay a fine, though the amount won’t be set until December.

Nocket used hard-to-remove acrylic paint in seven national parks, including Yosemite, Rocky Mountain National Park, Canyonlands, Death Valley, Colorado National Monument, Crater Lake and Zion.  Read more…

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