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Solar Storm Could Light Up Sky Over U.S. Tonight: How to See the Northern Lights

Post by Dragon on Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:40 pm

A solar storm is due to reach Earth tonight, and it might just light up the skies near you. If you live in the northern tier of the U.S., look upwards Thursday and Friday and you could spot the northern lights.

The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center forecasts an aurora could shimmer in the sky above areas including Michigan and Maine.

On Monday, the sun belched out a slew of charged particles in a moderate solar flare. These particles are now making their way towards Earth.

The planet’s magnetic field will block most of the particles, but some will make it into the atmosphere. The particles collect at the north and south poles and interact with atmospheric gases.

This produces vivid, haunting auroral displays that dance in the skies at high latitudes.

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Post by Dragon on Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:42 pm


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This map shows the midnight equatorward boundary of the aurora at different levels of geomagnetic activity. A G1 storm produces Kp=5 activity, denoted by the green line.

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