Auroras illuminate night skies around the world, expected to continue through Sunday

May 11, 2024
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Friday’s storm is the first severe geomagnetic storm watch the agency has issued since 2005.

The northern lights appear in the sky when charged particles spew from the sun during solar storms, making colorful light displays when clouds of those particles collide with Earth’s magnetic field and interact with the atoms and molecules in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Typically, the northern lights are only seen in high latitudes, but during intense solar storms, like on Friday, they can be seen farther south than expected, with reports of sightings in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

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In Tyrol, Austria, the aurora looked bright pink Friday.Courtesy @FlorianE53121 vix X.com

The comsic show is expected to continue through at least Sunday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which said that the ongoing storm has caused some reports of power grid issues.

NASA said Saturday that it had detected another sizable solar flare.

On social media, people posted pictures from a wide variety of locations around the world.

Aurora borealis northern lights
It could also be seen in the Penge neighborhood of London on Friday.Courtesy Glenn Lawrence





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