Northern Lights may be visible in US this weekend due to Solar Storm


    Are you disappointed for missing out the last supermoon of the year? Well, here comes your redress! A new spot on our very own sun fired a small solar flare (called a Geostorm) on Wednesday that lasted over an hour.

    This storm caused some problems for radio operators in Europe and Africa. The flare was quickly followed by a huge moving massive cloud of intensely charged plasma particles called the coronal mass ejection (CME), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported.

    Due to the collision of these particles with the earth’s atmosphere, we will be able to witness a beautiful phenomenon called the aurora borealis or the northern lights.

    As the name suggests, the Northern Lights are typically visible in the far northern parts of United States, as in Canada, Alaska and other places well north of the Garden State but this time since the storm on the 20th march was fairly intense the lights might be visible on previously do not get a good view.

    Aurora borealis is a magnificent phenomenon where the air lights up like in a fluorescent tube and the resulting colours are usually a reflection of the gases that we find up there, the most common one is oxygen causing the yellow-green colour.

    Hues of red, yellow, green, blue, violet, pale pink have also been reported.

    red aurora

    These northern lights may be visible as far south as the central plains, Ohio Valley, and mid-Atlantic regions tonight and tomorrow night.

    So, what are you waiting for? Get your cameras out and search for a dark spot!

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