Oooh! Stunning Auroras Seen By Skywatchers Around The World
Along with astronauts aboard the International Space Station, skywatchers around the world were treated to a stunning light show on St. Patrick’s Day–thanks to a severe geomagnetic storm that hit Earth.
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The geomagnetic storm that triggered Tuesday’s auroras resulted from a stream of charged particles sent our way by a pair of massive eruptions that the sun released on Sunday. At its peak, the storm reached a G4-level intensity on a one- to five-point scale.
Auroras occur when charged particles from the sun collide with particles in Earth’s atmosphere, triggering a reaction that releases light. Auroras are typically seen over Earth’s poles but can drop down toward the Equator during intense geomagnetic storms.
See below for a collection of 15 gorgeous stills and videos of auroras seen across the U.S., Canada, and northern Europe–and from the ISS. Enjoy!
Beautiful image captured by a Slooh observatory astronomer on an expedition to Iceland. (Credit: Juan Carlos Casado, SLOOH/IAC Expedition)
I had to process at least one of them before going to sleep! (I really do need it right now!) This is an 8 shot panoramic of Kirkjufell. 87mp file reduced down to a 600px square I’ll post up the rest when I am alive again.
A photo posted by Ed Norton (@ed_norton) on Mar 18, 2015 at 8:54am PDT
Aurora Borealis over Reynolds pond in Central Oregon 3/17/2015. #traveloregon #bestoforegon #oregonexplored #exploregon #visitpnw #centraloregon #visitcentraloregon #bendoregon #inbend @Bend0regon #visitbend @visitbend
A photo posted by Kurt Windisch (@kurtw123) on Mar 18, 2015 at 7:42am PDT