Solar Storms Create Awesome Auroras
The sun shot out a double burst of electrically charged particles — known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs — directly toward us this week. The geomagnetic activity produced fantastic northern lights and we asked our readers to share some of their pictures with us. These are a few of the amazing images submitted.
ABOVE: Henri Luoma captured the Aurora Borealis filling the sky over a house in Finland on Friday night, Sept. 12.
Jeff Bell in Alaska wrote on his blog about seeing the northern lights early on Sept. 13: "At 1:00 a.m. this morning, I found myself on the side of the road, mouth agape, staring at the sky. My vocabulary was reduced to the word “WOW!” and a series of expletives impolite to print. I was gawking at the most amazing aurora borealis show I’ve seen in my 10 years in Alaska. I was in complete awe."
Joseph N. Hall captured this aurora on Thursday night, Sept. 11, in Fairbanks, Ak.
Chad Blakley witnessed this bright pink aurora over a mirror-calm lake in Sweden on Sept. 12.
• See Chad Blakley's time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis
Mat Richardson photographed this Incredible aurora in Finland's Abisko National Park.
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Thomas Kast saw these lights near Yli-Ii, Finland, on Sept. 12.