Unusual Solar Storms May Hit Southern Area Giving a Glimpse of Northern Lights

Star gazers have something unique to view this weekend. In the southern cities like Chicago and New York, there would appear a glimpse of northern lights because of geomagnetic storms unusual in nature. These lights are nothing but a small solar flare. A huge cloud of charged particles is expected to hit Earth this weekend. It is a layer of gas, charged from the solar corona, surrounding the sun. It is called a CME or a coronal mass ejection. These reports have been generated by the Space Weather Prediction Center of NOAA i.e. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

On Wednesday, a geomagnetic storm watch was issued by the weather prediction center after the detection of a small solar flare. It was a high-energy burst and was followed by a CME. When this CME hits our planet, all the particles that collide with the magnetic field of Earth could turn up the intensity and range of the aurora; also called the southern and northern lights. The Aurora is caused in both the poles due to particles from the sun which constantly flows towards Earth.

Due to all this, the northern lights which used to be visible in places like Norway, Alaska, Iceland, etc. will this time be visible in other areas like New York, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Wisconsin, etc. i.e. lower latitude areas. So, the stargazers have new locations and broader regions to watch the Northern Lights. However, the skies need to be clear so that the interested people could enjoy the sight of this stunning spectacle. The experts advise the enthusiasts to go away from the urban areas or crowded areas where pollution won’t hinder the view. This tail end of the solar storm will be a good view when the skies are clear. About the time, the scientists are not yet sure about the time of the appearance of these northern lights on our planet. For more updates, keep a watch on the updates from NOAA.

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