When you talk about Northern Lights, Geographically, Europe is always targeted, specifically the Nordic countries. But seeing it in a good part of America is a curiosity that happens from time to time, like this Friday, when it was captured both in the United States and in Canada.
The night lights event occurred due to a giant coronal hole in the Sun, which generated a “severe geomagnetic storm”. Remember that the aurora borealis is product of the interaction between solar particles and the Earth’s magnetic field.
The aurora borealis or Northern Lights captured last night/this morning from the Blue Ridge Parkway outside of Asheville, North Carolina pic.twitter.com/KypvmpPeTH
— Asheville Pictures (@AshevillePictu1) March 24, 2023
For this reason, since Wednesday, a Kp index of 6 was forecast on Friday. And finally it happened, with several Twitter users sharing their best images.
“See the northern lights on a flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix It is crazy. That’s way to the south. Tonight was wild,” wrote Dakota Snider.
“Oh, the lights are right on us. I’ve never seen this so far south and above us.” published on the social network Mark Robinson.
Another user, Chris Bohn, posted a four minute timelapse of the aurora borealis, from northwestern Lancaster County, New England, USA.
From Alberta, Canada, Tree Tanner captured some pink pillars before sunrise.
The solar winds that cause the aurora borealis, a threat to Earth?
The Space Weather Prediction Center issued a geomagnetic storm watch on Friday. The cause, the giant hole that extended through the corona of the star, that blew strong, high-speed solar winds into space, toward Earth.
as well explained Science Alert, these winds do not pose a threat as the atmosphere protects us and they are not strong enough to cause widespread radio or power blackouts.
Earth’s magnetic field funnels high-speed particles toward the north and south poles, emitting the ethereal glow known as the aurora borealis.