A massive burst of solar energy that hit the planet earlier this week will cause Northern Lights to be seen in some parts of the United States and Canada, scholars announced on Wednesday.
"Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept-Iles, and visible low on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and Halifax", the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Geophysical Institute stated.
The #Aurora_Borealis #Northern_Lights and the# #Aurora_Australis are the result of electrons from a #Coronal_Mass_Ejection or high-speed solar wind stream colliding with the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere, according to #NOAA. pic.twitter.com/jIpI1jE6DA— johnnyho (@johnnyh92539958) November 21, 2019
The Northern or polar lights can often be seen in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, as a result of powerful solar winds that cause disturbances in the atmosphere, hitting it with a flow of the electrically charged particles, and creating a colourful glow in the sky.