What is an aurora?

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Link to Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czMh3BnHFHQ
Resource Type:Teaching Media; Videos or Animations
Grade Level:
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:TED-Ed
Publication Date:2013
Summary:Why do we see those stunning lights in the northern- and southernmost portions of the night sky? The Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis occur when high-energy particles are flung from the Sun's corona toward the Earth and mingle with the neutral atoms in our atmosphere -- ultimately emitting extraordinary light and color. Michael Molina explains every step in this dazzling phenomenon.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.A; ESS1.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS1-1; 5-ESS1-2; HS-ESS1-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; astronomy; elementary school; high school; k-5 geosource; light; middle school; physics; sun; video
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