LPAP owns a planeterrella, or "polar aurora simulator", regularly presented to the general public.

A basic presentation on Earth's aurora (french) may be downloaded below:

Powerpoint Przsentation "aurores terrestres" : .ppt file (63 Mb)

Link to auroral forecast sites:

Our Planeterrella was presented at several exhibitions:

  • The "Printemps des sciences 2015" (900 visitors)
  • The "Science et Culture" exhibition 2015 (4000 students)
  • The "Nationale wetenschapsquiz 2015" of the Dutch VPRO TV channel (almost 1 million viewers)
  • The "Nacht des Wissens" 2017 at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany (9000 visitors)

The planeterrella is currently used by students following the "Planteray Magnetospheres and Aurorae" course (SPAT0028), which is part of the Master in Space Sciences (full english).

 Three additional movies may be downloaded on the following websites:


HD Northern Lights timelapse, Eureka, Alaska March 2013

A timelapse of the Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights, over Eureka, Alaska on March 16, 2013. Taken with a Canon 5D Mark III and 24mm f/1.4 and 70-200 f/2.8 lenses. Compiled from 3800 images, with exposures between 2 seconds and 30 seconds.


Aurora Borealis Explained

This video explains how particles originating from deep inside the core of the sun creates northern lights, also called aurora borealis, on our planet.

Ceintures de radiation (NASA-GSFC)

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