A major solar explosion and geomagnetic storm resulted in incredible northern lights on Monday night, mainly seen across northern Europe and North America.
Eyes to the skies for Northern Lights display over Gwent
http://t.co/Uhk8Iej04l#northernlights#aurorapic.twitter.com/3yP2onPb6j— South Wales Argus (@southwalesargus) June
The geomagnetic storm was classified G4, the second-highest
possible degree – the last on such a scale happened in March, when auroras were seen as far south as New
WOW! Northern Lights seen well south tonight from Cape Cod,
Massachusetts. Photo: Chris Cook. #Aurora#NorthernLightspic.twitter.com/uQ08poEaxt— Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) June
The best way to try and catch a glimpse of the impressive light
show is to go to locations with minimum light pollution, and the
more northerly, the better.
The event was even more dazzling from space, with Astronaut Scott
Kelly tweeting the red aurora he saw from the ISS.
I've never seen this before- red #aurora.
Spectacular! #YearInSpacepic.twitter.com/j2DVejt974— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) June
The current geomagnetic storm could go on throughout Tuesday.
Sky lighting up w/magenta & purple in Louisa, VA. Can
barely perceive naked-eye; evident in photos. @capitalweatherpic.twitter.com/QLjmmJiSKh— David Murr (@davidmurr) June
On Sunday, during the summer solstice, a huge blast on the sun
sent coronal mass ejections in our direction, which reached Earth
on Monday afternoon.
GOD GAVE ME AN AWESOME BDAY PRESENT :) :) :) #northernlightspic.twitter.com/Rk5qi73TbD— SANDMAN (@MicahSandman) June
The aurora is triggered by interactions between our planet’s
magnetic field and charged particles sent towards us by
explosions in the sun’s atmosphere.
WOW! Northern Lights seen Monday night from Memominee,
Michigan. Photo credit: Sandie Blair. #Aurora#NorthernLightspic.twitter.com/HXqhA4N6Pd— Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) June