There have been many popular books on the aurora that include beautiful photographs with lyrical descriptions. Aurora by Neil Bone is different from other popular books in that it describes not only the aurora but also various sky phenomena, including noctilucent clouds, halos, and meteors.

Chapter 2, entitled “Causes of the aurora,” describes the Sun and various solar activities, including sunspots, coronal holes, solar flares, the solar wind, and coronal mass ejections. Chapters 3 and 4, entitled “Auroral forecasting” and “Observing the aurora,” respectively, provide a good background for, and guide to, observing the aurora.