Northern lights could be visible over parts of the U.S. due to ‘strong’ solar storms

Northern lights could be visible over parts of the U.S. due to ‘strong’ solar storms

Published August 18, 2022
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NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center issued a geomagnetic-storm warning on Wednesday for “strong” activity with the sun expected to stay in an agitated state for the next few days, said Bill Murtagh, the center’s program director.

The northern lights — aurora borealis — are ignited by the interaction of CMEs and the earth’s magnetosphere. This particular outbreak is “unusual,” he said. “It just keeps pumping out these mass ejections.

The strongest storms, G5s, can disrupt power supplies and communications networks, as happened during a storm in March 1989 that knocked out a Canadian transformer and left six million people in the dark for nine hours.