Dazzling Aurors may be visible in the night sky to the south of New York in the backcountry. THIS WEEK as geomagnetic stormy bells towards earth.
- SWPC says a G1 storm watch is an Inn effect from Wednesday to Friday.
- The storm reaches the G2 level, which poses little threat to the Earth.
- Although minor power outages may occur, stunning auroras are generated.
- These will be visible in the northern United States by the end of the week.
A geomagnetic storm is aimed at the Earth's atmosphere and could bring Polar lights north for three consecutive nights.
The NOAA The Space Weather Prediction Center issued a storm watch Wednesday through Thursday earlier this week, and has since extended the forecast to Friday.
This means Earth has been experiencing minor effects of a series of coronal mass ejections from the sun since May 10th. Including weak power grid interference.
The incoming storm also means that people in some northern latitudes, including parts of the United States, might have a chance to spot the Northern Lights.
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In its strongest form, the storm will reach level G2 or moderate, posing only a small threat to local activity. However, it will excite brilliant light displays, also known as Northern Lights, which are visible in northern latitudes between green and yellow lines in the map above.
WHAT ARE AURORS?
The northern and southern lights are natural light spectacles, which are triggered in our atmosphere and are also called "Aurora".
There are two types of Aurora – Aurora Borealis, which means "Dawn of the North", and Aurora Australis, "Dawn of the South".
The indicators light up when electrically charged particles enter the earth's atmosphere from the sun.
Typically, the particles, sometimes referred to as the solar storm, are deflected by the earth's magnetic field.
In stronger storms, however, they enter the atmosphere and collide with gas particles such as hydrogen and helium.
These collisions emit light. Auroral displays appear in many colors, although light green and pink are common.
According to SWPC, a G1 storm watch remains in effect from Wednesday to Friday after three CMEs that have occurred since last week.
A CME or a coral mass ejection is an event in which the sun spits out about a billion tons of plasma.
It takes a few days to reach the Earth's magnetosphere.
& # 39; The first two CME events are expected to occur on May 15 and May 15 The third CME is expected to arrive in the later half of May 16. "
While large geomagnetic storms have the potential to destroy satellite operations and earth-based electrical systems, this week's disruption is relatively low.
Mostly the storm reaches G2 or moderate, which is a minor threat to ground activity.
However, he inspires brilliant lighting effects, which are also referred to as Northern Lights.
The phenomenon called Aurora borealis is best seen in northern latitudes.
This will include much of the northern United States, including Michigan and much of the state of New York.
According to SWPC, a G1 storm watch will remain in effect Wednesday through Friday after three CMEs that have occurred since last week. It takes a few days to get into the earth's magnetosphere.
A geomagnetic storm is aimed at the Earth's atmosphere and could bring three consecutive northern lights this week. File photo
When the electrons of the sunspots collide with the upper Earth's atmosphere, the interactions trigger colorful rays that seem to dance in the sky.
"The accelerated electrons follow Earth's magnetic field up to the polar regions They collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms and molecules in the upper Earth's atmosphere," explains SWPC.
"In these collisions, the electrons transfer their energy into the atmosphere and stimulate the atoms and molecules into higher energy states.
"When you relax back into a lower energy state and release your energy in the form of light, this is similar to the way a neon light works."