September 24, 2021

I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

The image of the week is a stunning night-time display of cosmic light.


This beautiful photo is of a meteor and an aurora captured in Aberdeen.
The meteor is from the annual Taurid meteor shower which starts at the Taurus constellation, and is known for producing fireball flares. Because of their occurrence between late October and early November, they are also called halloween fireballs.
The aurora borealis is created due to an interaction of solar wind (stream of charged particles leaving the sun) and Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field. This cosmic wonder is best seen in the UK from north east Scotland, the Northern and Western isles and the Highlands.

Photo by Leigh-Ann Mitchell