Solar storm creates stunning auroras in northern US

A solar storm hit Earth on Tuesday, bringing stunning auroras to the northern United States and Canada.

The storm hit the headlines over the weekend when Dr. Tamita Skov announced that on Friday she noticed a “serpentine filament” on the surface of the Sun moving towards the impact zone with Earth.

The auroras were spotted earlier Friday morning just as the storm hit, filling the northern sky with stunning electric hues of purples and greens.

Mike Cook, who works in space weather, told DailyMail.com: “There were a few CMEs. [coronal mass ejections] eruptions in the last few days (solar storms), but there is also a Coronal Hole (black hole-like structure) that is the center of the disk.”

“We should see the consequences of this in the next 2-3 days.”

And it’s true, the space show isn’t over yet – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reveals that the G1-class is expected to impact our planet as early as Thursday and late Friday.

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A solar storm hit Earth on Tuesday, bringing stunning auroras to the northern United States and Canada (pictured by Albert)

The data also shows that a crack opened in Earth’s magnetic field on Tuesday, allowing solar winds to penetrate our planet’s magnetosphere, an area that shields us from harmful solar and cosmic particles.

NOAA warns that along with weakening the power grid and disrupting satellites, this type of system will greatly impact migrating animals.

CMEs can eject billions of tons of coronal material, whose eruptions can cause space weather that can interfere with satellites and power systems on Earth and could be harmful to unprotected astronauts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reveals that the G1-class is expected to impact our planet as early as Thursday and late Friday.

The auroras were spotted earlier Friday morning just as the storm hit, filling the northern sky with stunning electric hues of purples and greens.  Pictured in Seattle, Washington.

The auroras were spotted earlier Friday morning just as the storm hit, filling the northern sky with stunning electric hues of purples and greens. Pictured in Seattle, Washington.

The storm made headlines over the weekend when Dr. Tamita Skov (pictured) announced that on Friday she noticed a

The storm made headlines over the weekend when Dr. Tamita Skov (pictured) announced that on Friday she noticed a “serpentine filament” (the area where her arm is) on the surface of the Sun moving towards the impact zone with Earth.

The data also shows that a crack opened in Earth’s magnetic field on Tuesday, allowing solar winds to penetrate our planet’s magnetosphere, an area that shields us from harmful solar and cosmic particles.

NOAA warns that along with weakening the power grid and interfering with satellites, this type of system will severely impact migratory animals and cause auroras from northern Michigan to Maine.

Sebastian Voltmer, an internationally acclaimed astrophotographer, told DailyMail.com in an email: “Internet outages will be the least of your worries. Problematic effects are GPS, radio outages, and pressure changes in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

“Last time around 40 SpaceX Starlink satellites burned out due to a solar storm.”

The space show isn't over yet - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reveals that the G1-class is expected to impact our planet as early as Thursday and late Friday night.  Pictured are more auroras this morning in Calgary.

The space show isn’t over yet – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reveals that the G1-class is expected to impact our planet as early as Thursday and late Friday night. Pictured are more auroras this morning in Calgary.

The data also shows that a crack opened in Earth's magnetic field on Tuesday, allowing solar winds to penetrate our planet's magnetosphere, an area that shields us from harmful solar and cosmic particles.

The data also shows that a crack opened in Earth’s magnetic field on Tuesday, allowing solar winds to penetrate our planet’s magnetosphere, an area that shields us from harmful solar and cosmic particles.

The serpentine filament is CMEs, which are large ejections of plasma and magnetic field from the solar corona, the outermost layer of a star’s atmosphere.

CMEs can eject billions of tons of coronal material, whose eruptions can cause space weather that can interfere with satellites and power systems on Earth and could be harmful to unprotected astronauts.

The sun has fascinated people since time immemorial – not only is it necessary for us to live, but it is also dangerously unpredictable.

Last month, astronomers noticed that a dark sunspot directly facing Earth had doubled in size in just 24 hours.

Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather.com wrote: “Yesterday, sunspot AR3038 was large. Today it’s huge.”

The sun has fascinated people since time immemorial - not only is it necessary for us to live, but it is also dangerously unpredictable.  Last month, astronomers noticed that a dark sunspot directly facing Earth had doubled in size in just 24 hours.

The sun has fascinated people since time immemorial – not only is it necessary for us to live, but it is also dangerously unpredictable. Last month, astronomers noticed that a dark sunspot directly facing Earth had doubled in size in just 24 hours.

Sunspots are dark regions of the Sun where it is colder than other parts of the surface.  Solar flares occur near these dark regions of the star.  A pair of huge swarms of sunspots, some large enough to swallow the Earth whole, appeared on the Sun's surface in April.

Sunspots are dark regions of the Sun where it is colder than other parts of the surface. Solar flares occur near these dark regions of the star. A pair of huge swarms of sunspots, some large enough to swallow the Earth whole, appeared on the Sun’s surface in April.

And now they say that its size is three times the size of the Earth.

Sunspots are dark regions of the Sun where it is colder than other parts of the surface. Solar flares occur near these dark regions of the star.

A pair of massive swarms of sunspots, some large enough to swallow the Earth whole, appeared on the Sun’s surface in April.

Two active regions, dubbed AR2993 and AR2994, got scientists to work to see if the Earth should be bracing for powerful solar flares, but thankfully, neither was sent our way.

However, in early April, the Earth nearly missed a plasma ejection associated with a group of sunspots that had appeared on the star earlier.

The Sun’s recent increase in activity is a result of the Sun approaching the most active phase of its 11-year solar cycle, peaking in 2024.