Northern lights delight stargazers

Tuesday morning’s strong solar magnetic storm delivered the hoped-for spectacle overnight to Wednesday, as skies remained clear and the Aurora Borealis lit up the heavens across the Northern Hemisphere.

Soon after sunset Tuesday the first news of the northern lights began filling up the social media networks. Many people left towns to avoid the artificial light pollution and experience the shimmering multicolored waves washing across the starry sky. Many admitted to seeing the phenomenon for the first time in their lives.

The magnetic storm was the most powerful one to hit the Earth in many years, pulling the Aurora down farther south than is usually the case. Witnesses in Poland, Great Britain, the Netherlands and even the Alps region reported seeing the northern lights.

 

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