Fact of the Day Image November 22nd

Auroras can happen on other planets! Auroras happen because of “solar winds”. The Sun releases a bunch of highly charged particles called electrons in a process called coronal-mass ejection. Just like winds on Earth, these “solar winds” can turn into “solar storms”. At the peak of this storm, these electrons are bunched up together. When these electrons enter Earth’s atmosphere, the electrons move toward the North and South magnetic poles. As the get deeper in the atmosphere, the electrons crash into the other molecules that are in our atmosphere. Basically, when the crash into different types of molecules, it releases different colors!! On other planets like Jupiter or Saturn, auroras can form there as well through the same process of the Sun’s energy entering the atmosphere of the planets.