This illustration shows a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk. Material from the thick disk flows along the star's magnetic field lines and is deposited onto the star' surface. When material hits the star, it lights up brightly.
Space Station View of Auroras Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA) photographed brightly glowing auroras from his vantage point aboard the International Space Station on March 27 2017. Pesquet wrote "The view at night recently has been simply magnificent: few clouds intense auroras. I cant look away from the windows."