In October 2018, several aurora enthusiasts who regularly photograph the shimmering lights noticed something unusual.
Now, new research has found that these unusual displays are a new type of aurora, nicknamed “the dunes” because their appearance in the night sky resembles wind-sculpted ridges. Scientists say studying how these auroras form could help them better understand the process by which charged particles from space interact with Earth’s upper atmosphere.
For more, check out this NBC News story. I can’t help myself…it reminds me of this song.