March 19, 2015 | Dominique

Visiting the Arctic to see the northern lights is often on people's bucket lists, but what about the northern lights on Mars?

Scientists have sent a probe to the Red Planet to find out how it lost most of its atmosphere. Now that probe has seen a bright ultraviolet glow across Mars's northern hemisphere. These spectacular effects are caused by high-energy particles from the Sun colliding with the Martian atmosphere.

I hope I get to see the northern lights one day, on one planet or another.


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Mars lost its protective magnetic field billions of years ago, so charged particles can reach deeper into its atmosphere.


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