While solar wind is pouring through a crack in Earth’s magnetosphere, G2-class storms and bright auroras spark around the Arctic Circle.
But not only. Some made their way all the way down to Canada and the Virginias where awesome blood red auroras lit up the skies.
Geomagnetic storms are underway on Sept. 9th. And the night skies fill up with northern lights from the Arctic Circle and down up to the Virginias.
In Virginia, the sky was colored by a cherry red glow:
“[…]They occur some 300 to 500 km above Earth’s surface, much higher than ordinary green auroras. Some researchers believe the red lights are linked to low energy electrons from the sun, which move too slowly to penetrate deeply into the atmosphere. When such electrons recombine with oxygen ions in the upper atmosphere, red photons are emitted. At present, space weather forecasters cannot predict when this will occur […]”
In Montana, the usual green auroras mixed with purple, blue and red:
And here red and green northern lights one on top of the other in Keller, Washington:
And here again red over green auroras in Ault, Colorado:
Red auroras but most probably green northern lights may appear also in the sky tonight as the solar wind continues to blow. Keep you eyes up.