Red Northern Lights
October 25, 2011 by staff
Mother Nature’s Majesty was shown after a coronal mass ejection (CME) that hit the planet at about 14:00 EDT on October 24, reported Spaceweather.com, a website dedicated to monitoring solar wind, solar storms interstellar and other events.
The highly compressed impact the Earth’s magnetic field, according to the site, the exposure of geostationary satellites in the solar wind plasma – and unleashed a dazzling intense geomagnetic storm.
“Wow, wow, wow! These were the best northern lights I’ve seen since 2004,” said Shawn Malone. The photographer told FoxNews.com that auroras were seen in northern Michigan were the best in years.
Spaceweather.com reported sightings of aurora spanning the United States, New Mexico and California to Kansas, Iowa, Maryland and New York.
The event reached the level of G1 in the spatial scale of the time NASA geomagnetic storms, the lowest level on a scale of five points. When these storms reach levels G5, warns NASA to see if there are problems with the electrical grid and problems with the spacecraft and satellites.
Weak power grid fluctuations have occurred during the night as a result of the storm Monday night G1.
“A great geomagnetic storm caused the Aurora rare this far south,” said meteorologist Brad Nitz WSB-TV in Atlanta.
Twitter lit up the night with the reports of the amazing celestial light show.
Many observers of the sky in the deep South reported seeing a strange color red in the sky, a rare event and difficult to understand that sometimes appears during intense geomagnetic storms, Spaceweather said.
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