The NOAA Space Center has released a Geomagnetic Storm Clock. What does that mean? A powerful solar flare is heading for Earth, but it is not a threat. Instead, the storm can be quite spectacular when it collides with the Earth’s magnetic field.
The continental part of the United States gets the rare opportunity to see the Aurora borealis known as the Northern Lights from Wednesday to Friday. The peak of the storm is due to come Wednesday through Thursday, creating the opportunity for the sight to look south toward Nebraska and Wyoming.
Colorado will miss it because this storm will not be strong enough. It is expected to be seen as G3, which is considered strong. The last G5 storm – the force was to be seen from the south as around the Denver subway – last occurred in 2005.
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The Northern Lights Center of Canada classifies northern lights as “the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere and charged particles released from the Sun’s atmosphere”.
The change in color of the sky is due to the interactions of gas particles in the magnetosphere when they collide with solar storm particles. Shades can range from green to pink, and sometimes even violet flashes. If you’re north enough to see the light show, it’s best to avoid light pollution and clouds.
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