September 28, 2011

Northern Lights: Coming to a Sky Near You

Deborah Netburn, LA Times


AP Photo

A geomagnetic storm is raging in Earth's atmosphere. If you're lucky, you just might be able to see the results over the next few days.

On Monday, NASA reported that a strong to severe geomagnetic storm is in progress after large solar flares over the weekend spewed a cloud of charged particles toward Earth.

Joe Kunches, a space scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmostpheric Administration, put it this way in an interview with The Times: "The Earth's magnetic field is pretty disturbed."

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TAGGED: Magnetic Field, Solar Storm, Solar Flare, Northern Lights, Aurora