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PSA: Northern Lights Out Tonight

If you live in the northern part of the lower 48 states, you're in luck tonight as the heavenly northern lights are going to make an appearance!

Photo by shoujoai

One of the most beautiful things you can witness in your life is the majesty that are the northern lights. Commonly known as the aurora borealis, this natural scientific phenomena is scientifically explained as caused by the collision of charged particles directed by the Earth’s magnetic field in the upper atmosphere.

The sun has been pretty active of late and sent out coronal mass towards earth. This is all scientific mumbo-jumbo but the important bit here is that this event will likely lead to visible auroras in the lower 48. Get your tripod ready to shoot, or just bask in the afterglow!

Information for this article was sourced from earthsky.org

written by cruzron

1 comment

  1. stouf

    stouf

    Well, we were supposed to get some down here, but not much happened : (

    SUBJ: IPS AURORA WATCH
    ISSUED AT 2328 UT ON 08 Jan 2014 BY IPS RADIO AND SPACE SERVICES FROM THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE FORECAST CENTRE

    A Coronal Mass Ejection is expected to impact the Earth within the next 24 hours, possibly resulting in significant space weather activity and visible auroras during local nighttime hours. Aurora alerts will follow should favourable space weather activity eventuate.

    Australian Space Forecast Centre
    IPS Radio and Space Services
    Bureau of Meteorology

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