CME hits Earth, sparking geomagnetic storm! Amazing auroras were even seen in Washington.

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It was recently reported that Earth was in the firing line of both CMEs and solar winds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that the double blow hit the planet yesterday, February 27, resulting in the strongest solar storm of 2023, with the solar wind being the strongest observed in years. . This double blow had a major impact on the planet, albeit a beautiful one.

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According to a Reportsthe strong CME and solar winds resulted in a dangerous G3 class. Geomagnetic storms Which brought sparkling auras to areas around the world that few have seen. Aurora lights were seen in more than one. US States including Oregon, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Idaho, Montana, New Jersey and North Dakota. At most, the lights descend as far south as Colorado.

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“Earth’s magnetic field is resonating with the effects of the CME on February 26. Its arrival is accompanied by a burst of solar wind moving faster than 800 km/s (the highest value in years),” the report said. The gust came and triggered a strong G3 class geomagnetic storm.

Rocky Ray Bell, an astrophotographer from Keller, Washington, captured the amazing aurora. Raybell told, “The aurora appeared at 7:15pm PST. They were so bright, I was only able to capture the reds with a 3 second exposure (ISO 3200).

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The G3-class solar storm event was strong enough to see aurora lights in the UK and parts of Europe, including Norway and Denmark.

How are Auroras formed?

The solar particles emitted during the interaction of the solar storm with the Earth’s magnetic field further interact with various gases in our atmosphere and form the spectacular aurora.

The reason behind it

The double event is likely the result of a chain of explosions caused by sunspot AR3229 that ignited multiple solar flares within itself, releasing large amounts of solar particles into space. Shockingly, the NOAA DSCOVR satellite was unable to see the CME storm hit land on February 27 due to a grounding fault.

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