A strong solar flare will produce light aurora borealis in time for New Year


“It means we have a chance of seeing aurora in areas that aren’t used to seeing it,” said Dr. Robyn Fiori, a research scientist for Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Space Weather Forecast Center. “These kinds of explosions happen all the time. This one was a little bit special because it happened in the centre of the sun right where it’s facing the Earth. That means those particles and the magnetic field associated with those particles have a really good chance of interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field,” she explained to the media.The ionization following the geomagnetic storm has created a radio blackout in the south Atlantic ocean in addition to South America and Africa. Further radio blackouts or disrupt power grids and GPS reception.


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