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Your Second Chance to Witness the Aurora Borealis

A person wrapped in a blanket holds up their phone to capture the vibrant Northern Lights in the night sky. The aurora displays shades of purple and green, creating a stunning backdrop
Capturing the Northern Lights

If you missed the stunning aurora borealis displays over North America on May 10, you're in luck. This Friday night offers another opportunity to see this breathtaking phenomenon.

 A picturesque small town beneath a dazzling display of Northern Lights in the night sky.
Northern Lights Illuminate Small Town Sky

The sunspot region responsible for triggering Earth's largest magnetic storm in nearly 20 years has once again rotated to the Earth-facing side of the sun. Although it's currently less active than it was earlier this month, it still holds potential for significant geomagnetic activity.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rates geomagnetic storms on a scale from G1 (minor) to G5 (extreme). While the storm on May 10 was a G4, this Friday's storm is forecasted to be a G2, indicating a moderate storm.

 of North American showing KP and how far south people can see the northern lights
A Kp index of 6 or higher has sometimes allowed for glimpses of the aurora in the Maritimes.

Auroras often appear as a milky green glow in the night sky. They occur when the sun emits a strong surge of solar wind from its corona, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME). This solar plasma disturbs the outer part of Earth's magnetic field, triggering a geomagnetic storm. These storms can sometimes impact infrastructure, disrupting communications, power grids, navigation systems, and radio and satellite operations.

Aurora Borealis display looking straight up
Looking straight up at the northern lights near Regina, Saskatchewan May 10/24

On May 29, the sun emitted a significant solar flare, classified as X1.4, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. This flare originated from Active Region 3697 and is expected to reach Earth starting Friday afternoon, continuing into early Saturday morning.

For the latest updates on the aurora borealis, be sure to visit the NOAA website. Don't miss this chance to witness one of nature's most awe-inspiring displays!

A silhouette of a church with the Northern Lights glowing in the sky.
Blog Post: Another Chance to See the Northern Lights


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