Solar storm is predicted to amplify northern lights before Christmas

Solar storm is predicted to amplify northern lights before Christmas

The Solar Storm to boost the display of Northern Lights

A solar storm that erupted on Monday (Dec. 20) could intensify northern light displays near the North Pole just in time for Santa’s visit this weekend. On the 22nd of December, the U.K. Met Office space weather forecasting centre released a study.

A coronal mass ejection, or CME, is a violent outburst of magnetically charged particles and plasma from the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona that triggered the solar storm. CMEs can cause geomagnetic storms that interrupt satellite systems and knock out power grids if they are directed at Earth. The increase of auroras in the regions near the North and South Poles, where these amazing displays take place, is a more favourable side consequence of these phenomena.

The CME that exploded from the sun at 6:36 a.m. EST (1136 GMT) on Monday is expected to reach Earth on Thursday, December 23rd. According to sources, it was caused by a massive M1.9-class solar flare that erupted from a sunspot known as Active Region 2908.

Positioning of the Auroral Oval

“Due to enlarged coronal hole geomagnetic action, the auroral oval is expected to be considerably improved at high latitudes from the 22nd – 24th. Also, on the 23rd, there’s a risk of a weak coronal mass ejection “On its website, the Met Office stated.

The sun has been particularly active in the previous week, according to the European Space Agency’s Space Weather Network, with multiple active zones forming on its scorching surface near Christmas.

According to the Met Office, the geomagnetic storm caused by the Monday CME is only predicted to be mild. When charged particles from the sun collide with the planet’s magnetic field, geomagnetic storms occur. These particles will be redirected above the poles by the Earth’s magnetic field lines, which is why we observe auroras in these areas.

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