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Here Are the Finalists For the Locus Awards Here Are the Finalists For the Locus Awards

The Hugo Awards are once again embroiled in controversy, but another major genre award, The Locus Award, has just released their finalists for this year’s award, and it’s an amazing selection of fiction.

How Humans Can Sort of See the Invisible How Humans Can Sort of See the Invisible

What superpower would you want to have? The ability to fly? Teleport? Turn invisible? Time travel? Heal? What about to ability to see the invisible? Not exactly the flashiest power you can have especially because we can kind of, sort of do that right now. This lovely animation explainer from Amaël Isnard shows how…

These Auroras Look Incredible Filmed From the Space Station in Ultra HD

Here’s something to start your week off right: NASA Television’s latest feature, a compilation of stunning vistas of both the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis, as viewed from the International Space Station and filmed in 4K Ultra-High Definition.

Watch This X-Ray of the Earth's Aurora Watch This X-Ray of the Earth's Aurora

This planet’s aurora are a spectacular sight, but you’ve probably never seen them quite like this. You’re looking at a view of them as seen by the European Space Agency’s Integral space observatory, which captured how they look as an X-ray.

The More You Look, the More Science You Spy in This Glorious Astrophotograph The More You Look, the More Science You Spy in This Glorious Astrophotograph

Oh, wow. Look, and ye shall see all the science spread out before thee.

This Is What It's Like to See Auroras on Other Planets This Is What It's Like to See Auroras on Other Planets

Witnessing an aurora first-hand is a truly awe-inspiring experience. The natural beauty of the northern or southern lights captures the public imagination unlike any other aspect of space weather. But auroras aren’t unique to Earth and can be seen on several other planets in our solar system.

In Comic Crits, Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora Is All About Earth In Comic Crits, Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora Is All About Earth

I’m a big fan of John Bonner’s Comic Crits, and in his latest installment, he’s reviewed Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, Aurora. As usual, he has some astute observations about the book.

Kim Stanley Robinson Tells Us An Alien Contact Scenario That You've Probably Never Thought About Kim Stanley Robinson Tells Us An Alien Contact Scenario That You've Probably Never Thought About

We’re excited to colonize space—but are we really prepared for what we may found out there? Author Kim Stanley Robinson talked with us about some of the things that may come up as we move out into the cosmos—and the big hurdle we still have yet to clear to get to that point in the first place.

Kim Stanley Robinson Is Here to Answer Questions About Aurora Kim Stanley Robinson Is Here to Answer Questions About Aurora

This month, io9 read Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel Aurora. Today, from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (Pacific time), he’ll be joining us to answer questions about lives lived amidst interstellar travel, artificial intelligences, the familiarities and eccentricities of terraformed planets, and anything else you want to know.

The night time view of the Aurora Borealis The night time view of the Aurora Borealis

I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking at. And then things started to make sense, you can see the city lights outline the US and the geographical footprint of other places and then this swirl mixture that basically takes over Canada. It’s the Aurora Borealis at night.

io9 Book Club Is In Session: Let's Talk About Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora! io9 Book Club Is In Session: Let's Talk About Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora!

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. This month, we’ve read Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!

io9 Book Club Reminder: Meet Sept. 1 To Discuss Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora! io9 Book Club Reminder: Meet Sept. 1 To Discuss Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora!

Just a quick reminder—the io9 book club is meeting on Tuesday to talk about Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel Aurora. In the meantime, here’s a video of Robinson talking about the ideas behind the book.

This Scene from Space is Almost too Perfect to be Real This Scene from Space is Almost too Perfect to be Real

The gentle red glow of aurora and the richness of a star-filled sky make a picture-perfect backdrop the International Space Station.

In the Antarctic, a Tiny Aurora Shimmers in the Night Sky In the Antarctic, a Tiny Aurora Shimmers in the Night Sky

At the very southernmost point of Earth is Concordia Station, a joint French-Italian inland Antarctic research station with isolation, long stretches of darkness, and low oxygen levels that allow research into the adaptation of human psychology and physiology. Despite all this, it is beautiful.

Two Books You Must Read If You Care About the Future of Humanity in Space Two Books You Must Read If You Care About the Future of Humanity in Space

Two of the most celebrated authors in science fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson and Neal Stephenson, released epic novels this summer about our future lives in space. And yet both Robinson’s Aurora and Stephenson’s Seveneves are actually about why we may never be able to leave Earth behind.

Watch This Brown Dwarf's "Northern Lights"  Watch This Brown Dwarf's "Northern Lights" 

Brown dwarfs are not quite stars. Some aspects of them resemble planets, like the fact that they have their own versions of “northern lights,” which can be seen from very far away. One of these distant auroras has been captured in the video above

Astronomers Found a Million-Times-Brighter Aurora—18 Light Years Away Astronomers Found a Million-Times-Brighter Aurora—18 Light Years Away

A team of astronomers has discovered the most powerful aurora ever observed. But unlike our own Northern Lights, this astronomical phenomenon can be found 18 light years away in the skies above the brown dwarf LSR J1835+3259.

The Southern Lights Look Beautiful Through Satellite Eyes The Southern Lights Look Beautiful Through Satellite Eyes

The infrared eye of the Suomi NPP satellite captured this amazingly atmospheric light show created by the southern lights—aka aurora australis—over Antarctica before dawn on the 24th of June 2015.

Which Future Are We Heading Towards: Mad Max Or Star Trek? Which Future Are We Heading Towards: Mad Max Or Star Trek?

“As the 21st century unfolds, science fiction increasingly comes to seem like a realist rather than a speculative genre,” says one essay/book review in the L.A. Review of Books. It’s just one of a few great pieces up at the LARB site right now, about the choice of futures we face: Mad Max versus Star Trek.

Astronaut Scott Kelly Had The Best View of Last Night's Bonkers Aurora Astronaut Scott Kelly Had The Best View of Last Night's Bonkers Aurora

An ultra-rare, ultra-gigantic geomagnetic storm last night had people seeing Northern Lights as far south as Georgia. But from his perch at the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly captured pretty much the most amazing aurora borealis shots ever.

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