Aurora Borealis Visible Across the Midsouth on October 24th!

A very rare sighting of the Aurora Borealis shocked many residents of the Midsouth on Monday evening.  Residents from northern Arkansas, northern Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina reported a red glow in the northern sky.  

A coronal mass ejection, otherwise known as a solar wind, took aim on the eastern United States giving residents even south of the Mason-Dixon line a rare sight of the Northern Lights.  The Aurora is produced as energetically charged particles from the sun (solar wind) interact with the Earth's magnetic field.  Since the Earth's magnetic field is strongest at the poles, Auroras are much more common at very high latitudes.  Occasionally these lights can be seen further south, but rarely do they reach as far south as 35 degrees north latitude, or the Mississippi/Tennessee state line.

Click here for more information from the Space Weather Prediction Center.

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