CME impacts Earth’s magnetic field triggering severe geomagnetic storm and insane auroras

A CME hit Earth’s magnetic field on March 17th at approximately 04:30 UT, arriving earlier than expected.

The impact sparked a relatively mild G1-class (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm which has now intensified to G4-class (Kp=8), representing the strongest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle.

This storm is underway now and could continue for many hours to come as Earth passes through the turbulent wake of the CME.

Now look at the amazing and bright auroras pictures captured and sighted all over the world from over several northern-tier US states including Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, the Dakotas and Washington, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

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By Christian Begeman on March 17, 2015 @ 4 miles east of Chester, South Dakota
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By Mike on March 17, 2015 @ Modale, Iowa, USA
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By Jake Stehli on March 17, 2015 @ Hartford, Wisconsin, USA
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By Rocky Raybell on March 17, 2015 @ At about 4000 feet on hwy 20, west side of Sherman pass, near Republic, Washington in Ferry County
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By Marketa Murray on March 17, 2015 @ Dalton HWY , Alaska

Aurora video from New Zealand:

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By Colin Chatfield on March 17, 2015 @ Saskatoon, Canada
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By Stuart Horner on March 17, 2015 @ Terrace, BC, Canada
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By Yuichi Takasaka on March 17, 2015 @ Yellowknife, Canada

Aurora australis video:

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By Dave Headland on March 18, 2015 @ Oamaru, southern New Zealand
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By Taichi Nakamura on March 17, 2015 @ Dunedin, New Zealand
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y Arctic Fishing Adventures on March 17, 2015 @ Kvalöya, Sweden

Aurora over Perm, Russia:

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By Филипп Романов (Filipp Romanov). on March 17, 2015 @ Korolyov, Moscow Region, Russian Federation.

Awesome and insane!

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