4 thoughts on “Watch aurora borealis displays sparked up north by solar storm

  1. Tom Corbett says:

    New research using data from NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission and FIREBIRD II CubeSat mission locate whistling space electrons’ origins (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/nsfc-fia111517.php
    Scientists have long known that solar-energized particles trapped around the planet are sometimes scattered into Earth’s upper atmosphere where they can contribute to beautiful auroral displays. Yet for decades, no one has known exactly what is responsible for hurling these energetic electrons on their way. Recently, two spacecraft found themselves at just the right places at the right time to witness first hand both the impulsive electron loss and its cause.

  2. Selamuit says:

    “New Study Suggests The Northern Lights May Have Led To The Sinking Of The ‘Titanic’ : The charged particles from the aurora borealis may have been strong enough to affect the ship’s navigation and communication systems.” https://allthatsinteresting.com/titanic-northern-lights
    As Live Science reported, independent weather researcher and photographer Mila Zinkova examined weather conditions on the night that the Titanic sank. According to the eye witness accounts of survivors and the ship’s logs, the colorful streaks of the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, were strongly present during the night of the tragedy. https://www.livescience.com/titanic-sunk-by-aurora.html
    The study, published in the journal Weather in August 2020, went on to posit that the geomagnetism of the aurora may have interfered with the Titanic’s navigation system as well as its communications, which likely hindered subsequent rescue efforts. https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/wea.3817?af=R

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