BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The latest reports point out that people living in parts the United States might be in for a treat on Wednesday night to Thursday morning, as they might see a ghostly aurora. This will be generated by a solar outburst which occurred in Labor Day and which might create a light show over the northern US states on September 06 to September 07.
Wednesday Night to Come With an Unusually South-Reaching Aurora
Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights, as they are more commonly known, usually occur at the North o South Poles. They are created as outer space particles meet up with the magnetic field of Earth, which then shuffles them towards the poles of the planet.
On Monday, September 04, specialists noticed a small solar flare eruption on the surface of the Sun. This released a cloud of high-energy particles named a coronal mass ejection. Further observations determined that this is traveling at a speed of around 200 miles per second. This means that it is expected to reach Earth sometime on Wednesday, September 06, at night.
As this coronal mass ejection reaches the Earth’s magnetic field, it is anticipated to result in an unusually south-reaching Aurora, one visible from parts of the United States.
The Space Weather Prediction Center from NOAA is keeping an eye on this event. It is doing so as the upcoming particle mass might trigger a so-called “G3” or geomagnetic storm. A severe such event can damage power grids on Earth and satellites. However, this upcoming one is not expected to be as strong, at least at the moment.
On Tuesday, NOAA released an animation in which it presented an experimental forecast for Wednesday for the northern hemisphere.
This suggests that an aurora might be visible south into northeast Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, North Dakota, and northeast South Dakota.
Auroras can be best seen in extremely dark skies with very little light pollution. The eye will need some 10 minutes or more to adjust before spotting them.
Also, the unexpected September 06 aurora may be even harder to spot because of the bright moon set to rise as evening falls over the northern US states.
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