Solar flares cause strong solar storms
posted by: Lee Ann Waterrs
Stardate 1/22/12: Solar flares spotted by NASA
1/24/12: strongest since 2003, solar/radiation storms ravage the skies, endangering high frequency communications and satellite operations. (and people that may be flying that high).
1/24, 25 – Another effect, extraordinarily vivid auroras. Heres a video, captured in Norway, of swirling strings of skylights. ……
Original article from Mashable.com: Solar Storm Puts Beautiful Northern Lights on Display [VIDEO].
Interestingly, a facebook friend shared a Norwegian’s pic of northern lights taken first week of January. The poster says:
A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway on January 3 2012 – The display was caused by the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), which tipped south on Jan. 2nd and partially canceled Earth’s own north-pointing magnetic field. A crack formed in Earth’s magnetosphere, allowing solar wind to flow in and fuel the auroras.
This pic was taken Jan 2 or 3rd. Just more to witness thanks to modern tech eh?
(source of nasa images and story: mashable.com)