Storms on the sun sparks auroral displays and power disruptions


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Storms on the sun sent giant plasma clouds across space, which interacted with Earth’s magnetic field. See photos of this week’s fabulous displays of auroras.

Soda Creek, South Sister and the aurora borealis from early this morning (6/23) in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.

Soda Creek, South Sister and the aurora borealis from early this morning (6/23) in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.” Photo: Jason Brownlee

Storms on the sun sent charged particles across space that interacted this week with Earth’s magnetic field. We got reports from as far south as the U.S. state of Virginia and similar latitudes of beautiful auroral displays! Thanks so much to all who shared their photos with EarthSky.

Read about the storms on the sun that caused this auroral display

Mike Taylor of Mike Taylor Photo went to Moosehead Lake, Maine to watch the show. He wrote:

Mike Taylor of Mike Taylor Photo went to Moosehead Lake, Maine to watch the show. He wrote: “A huge green arc with dancing spikes, pulsating waves of light that stretched overhead and over 180 degrees across the sky. At a few different points it was a variable rainbow of colors. All of this was being perfectly reflected in the smooth-as-glass water right in front of us. The show started just before 10 p.m. It ebbed and flowed through the night until almost 3 a.m. – this was easily the longest and most impressive aurora display we have witnessed.”

John Ashley in Montana captured the images to make this composite on the morning on June 23. He wrote:

John Ashley in Montana captured the images to make this composite on the morning on June 23. He wrote: “Just a dull green arc until about 2 a.m., then colors and shimmering ramped up for about an hour. Meanwhile I was entranced by the sound of wing beats from 10-20 bats foraging over the water close to me. This image is a combination of several frames of long exposures for the aurora with a flash pop for the bats at the beginning of each exposure.”

Fireflies and aurora, June 22 in Milo, Maine. Wilderness Vagabond wrote,

Fireflies and aurora, June 22 in Milo, Maine. Wilderness Vagabond wrote, “This was the best display I’ve witnessed yet, with streams of light flowing upwards from the horizon to the zenith at great speed, like a rushing river.”

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