Jun 23, 2015 11:53 AM

Joe Knows: The Aurora Borealis aka 'Northern Lights'

Source: NH1.com

If you are outside tonight, you just may see a once in a lifetime view: the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as The Northern lights.

The lights are triggered thanks to enormous bursts of energy from solar flares exploding off the surface of the sun, which hurl towards earth at about 1 million miles per hour.

These burps of super charged particles are called coronal mass ejections.

One of these collided with Earth’s magnetosphere this afternoon. A severe ongoing solar geomagnetic storm is now occurring high in the atmosphere and could make for sightings in lower latitudes as far south as Boston, Chicago and New York the next two evenings.

Scientists at the Space Weather Prediction Center say a storm of this magnitude can lead to disruptions in satellite and radio communications and the electrical power grid. Observers are advised to look north around midnight and seek areas away from any city lights. Make sure you share your pictures with us here at NH1 News. We would love to see them!


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