February 26, 2016 Melanie Windridge

“Aurora” released

Aurora book Melanie Windridge HardcoverMelanie’s new book was released 25th February 2016

AURORA is a narrative of discovery exploring the visual beauty, legends and science of the northern lights, including the developing threat of space weather.  Melanie offers new insights into this extraordinary and evocative phenomenon, a scientific marvel unlike any other in which the powers of astronomy, geology, magnetism and atomic physics combine to create one of the wonders of the natural world.

Research has taken Melanie to many Arctic destinations such as Sweden, Norway, Canada, Iceland and Svalbard, where she saw the magnificent total solar eclipse on 20th March 2015.  These places, landscapes and events are part of the story of Aurora.

Have a look at the blog for travel stories or check out the listing on Amazon.


The book was also published in paperback and translated into Chinese.

Aurora Paperback Melanie Windridge     Aurora book Melanie Windridge Chinese



“Melanie Windridge embraces the aurora’s magical quality even as she attempts to unravel the science. She has camped at temperatures approaching −40 °C in Svalbard, Norway’s Arctic archipelago, to experience the visceral thrill of seeing these shimmering curtains. It is clear in this captivating book that her technical understanding has not dimmed her delight.”


“A brilliant blend of auroral science, polar exploration, Sami heritage and folklore.  Melanie Windridge’s book is full of wonders.”


“Her greatest strength is her ability to illuminate science for the lay person.” Literary Review

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“Throughout, she manages to bridge the gap between complex, subatomic physics and human wonder at the sublime.” Geographical magazine

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“This book is sure to turn anyone into an aurora obsessive.” Sky At Night magazine


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Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights


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About the Author

Melanie Windridge Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, speaker, writer… with a taste for adventure. She has a PhD in fusion energy, is Communications Consultant for fusion start-up Tokamak Energy, and has worked in education with the Ogden Trust, Anturus and the Your Life campaign. Melanie is an expert in the aurora and loves the mountains. She believes science and exploration go hand in hand. In 2018 she climbed Mount Everest.