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Solar storm produces aurora borealis so intense it could be seen in NY

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On the last day, a massive solar flare – or Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) – was detected on the Earth’s side of the Sun, reaching the planet about two days later. The event was so intense that it produced a show of aurora visible in areas further south, such as New York.

The Sun cycles, peaking every 11 years, when solar activity becomes more intense. It is precisely during this period that the light shows at the Earth’s poles become even more grandiose. After all, auroras are formed due to the interaction of solar winds with the magnetic field and atmosphere of the planet. However, the phenomenon is rarely observable at low latitudes.

(Image: Reproduction / NASA)

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the phenomenon has been classified as G2, which means moderately strong. Storms of this intensity, in addition to producing more intense auroras, can affect energy grids and orbiting satellites. This event was so strong that it could be observed in New York and even in Washington State, both in the United States.

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NOAA issued a geomagnetic storm alert for October 11-12. According to the agency, there could be irregularities in the orientation of the satellites and fluctuations in the power grid as a result of the solar event. By day 13, these effects started to wear off. By the way, light shows can still be seen in areas at high latitudes, such as Canada and Alaska.

Below, see the phenomenon recorded in the state of South Dakota, in the Midwest of the USA:

Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is basically made up of electrically charged plasma which, when thrown away, this material can strike the Earth’s magnetic shield, which protects us. Upon reaching the Earth’s magnetic field, charged particles are directed toward the poles, releasing energy in the form of colored lights – the auroras.

Source: Space

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