Magnetic Earth

Learn about the magnetic field that surrounds Earth, and its role in creating the northern lights.

The Sun

Find out how storms on the surface of the sun are connected to the northern lights above Earth.

Glowing Gases

Explore the gases in Earth's atmosphere that cause the northern lights to glow in different colors.

Aurora Ovals

Discover why the aurora forms ovals of light circling Earth's geomagnetic north and south poles.

Elder Interviews

Watch and listen as Iñupiaq Elders share stories, songs, dances and cultural knowledge about the northern lights.


Read, listen and practice key Iñupiaq vocabulary terms related to the northern lights.