Aurora Links

Don't forget your local library! Ask your librarian about book titles listed in our aurora bibliography. They are especially useful books if you are working on a report or research paper.


Aurora Bibliography

Many good books on the aurora and space science are available for people of all ages. There are also many magazine articles that you may be able to locate through your local library. Check your library or bookstore for these:

For Young Readers...

  • Egeland, Alv. Facts about auroras: A science book for children. Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education, Andøya, Norway, 2003. ISBN 82-994583-5-8.
  • Savage, Candace. Aurora: The Mysterious Northern Lights. Sierra Club Books, 1994. ISBN 0-87156-419-X.
  • Sinnott, Roger W. "A Jam-Jar Magnetometer as Aurora Detector," Sky & Telescope, V. 78, N. 4, pp. 426-432, 1989.
  • Souza, D.M. Northern Lights. Carolrhoda Books, 1994. ISBN 0-87614-799-6 (library binding), 0-87614-629-9 (paper).
  • Walsh Shepherd, Donna. Auroras: Light shows in the Night Sky. Franklin Watts, 1995. ISBN 0-531-20181-3 (library binding), ISBN 0-531-17766-0 (paper).

Books For General Audiences...

  • Akasofu, S.-I. Aurora Borealis: The Amazing Northern Lights. Alaska Geographic, V.6, N.2, 1979 (1994 reprint). ISBN 0-88240-124-6.
  • Brekke, Asgeir and Alv Egeland. The Northern Light: from Mythology to Space Research. Springer-Verlag, 1983.
  • Brekke, Pål, and Fredrik Brums. Northern Lights: A Guide. Press Forlaget, 2013. ISBN 978-8-275476249
  • Davis, Neil. The Aurora Watcher's Handbook. University of Alaska Press, 1992. ISBN 0-912006-59-5 (cloth), 0-912006-60-9 (paper).
  • Eather, Robert H. Majestic Lights: The Aurora in Science, History and the Arts. American Geophysical Union, 1980.
  • Evans, Polly. Northern Lights: A practical travel guide. Bradt Travel Guides, 2010.
  • Falck-Ytter, H. The Aurora: The Northern Lights in Mythology, History, and Science. Anthroposophic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-88010-123-7.
  • Hall, Calvin, Daryl Pedersen and George Bryson. Northern Lights: The Science, Myth and Wonder of the Aurora Borealis. Sasquatch Books, 2002. ISBN 978-1570612909

Magazine Articles For General Audiences...

  • Akasofu, Syun-Ichi. "The Aurora," American Scientist, V. 69 N. 5, pp. 492-499, 1981.
  • Akasofu, Syun-Ichi. "The Dynamic Aurora," Scientific American, V. 260, N. 5, pp. 90-97, 1989.
  • Brown, Bruce. "Shedding Light on the Aurora," National Wildlife, V. 23, N. 2, pp. 50-53, 1985.
  • MacRobert, Alan. "The Aurora," Sky & Telescope, V. 71, N. 1, pp. 30-32, 1986.
  • Ponte, Lowell. "Nature's Incredible Night Show," Reader's Digest, V. 135, N. 12, pp. 86-91, 1989.
  • Sampson, Russ. "Fire in the Sky," Astronomy, V. 20, N. 3, pp. 39-43, 89-91, 1992.
  • Sullivan, Walter. "Curtains of Light, Horsemen of Night," Audubon, V. 89, N. 1, pp. 40-51, 1987.
  • Taylor, Kenny. "Auroras: Earth's grand show of lights." National Geographic, Nov. 2001.
  • Torr, Marsha. "A New Image of the Atmosphere," New Scientist, V. 103, N. 1418, pp. 42-45, 1984.

For Serious Studies...

  • Akasofu, S.-I., and Sydney Chapman. Solar-Terrestrial Physics. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1972. ISBN 0-19-851262-7.
  • Bone, Neil. The Aurora: Sun-Earth Interactions. Ellis Horwood Ltd., 1991. ISBN 0-13-051392-X (library ed.), 0-13-052796-3 (student ed.).
  • Hargreaves, J. K. The Solar-Terrestrial Environment: An Introduction to Geospace. Cambridge University Press, 1992. ISBN 0-52132-748-2 (hardcover), 0-52142-737-1 (paper).
  • Hunsucker, R. D. Radio Techniques for Probing the Terrestrial Ionosphere. Springer-Verlag, 1991. ISBN 0-387-53406-7.
  • Meng, Ching-I., Michael J. Rycroft, and Louis A. Frank, ed. Auroral Physics. Cambridge U. Press, 1991. ISBN 0-521-38049-9.
  • Paschman, G., S. Haaland, R. Treuman, eds. Auroral Plasma Physics. Springer, Space Sciences Series of ISSI. Revised 2013. ISBN 978-94-007-1086-3.
  • Tascione, Thomas F. Introduction to the Space Environment. Krieger Publishing Co., 1994. ISBN 0-89464-044-5 (paper).