The northern lights, aka 'aurora borealis,' could be coming to a sky near you this week

phys.org | 1/24/2012 | Staff
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Thanks to a geomagnetic storm from the sun, skywatchers across the far northern U.S. and most of Canada later this week could see the aurora borealis, aka the northern lights.

The Space Weather Prediction Center on Tuesday issued a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for Thursday, meaning an aurora borealis could be visible that day.

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The watch was issued because of a series of coronal mass ejection events from the sun that are expected to arrive here on Earth on Wednesday and last through Friday. These events are "large expulsions of plasma and magnetic field from the sun's corona," the space center said.

A "surprisingly strong" aurora was visible early Tuesday across portions of the northern tier of the U.S. from an earlier geomagnetic storm,...
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