Aurora before sunrise

Queenstown, New Zelendiya, July 10, 2013 © Minoru Yoneto | Spaceweather.com

July 14, 2013. Typically auroras occur late at night. But sometimes nature presents a surprise in the form of a colorful yellow-orange glow of the atmosphere just before sunrise.

"I did not expect to see such a bright southern lights after such a weak coronal mass ejection" — said Minoru Yoneto from Queenstown, New Zelendiya. Although the charged particles strike was very weak, not only in New Zealand, but in the U.S. and Canada, the aurora was observed up to the sunrise on June 11.

Auroras occur as a result of the bombing of the upper atmosphere by charged particles moving to the land along the geomagnetic field lines of the adjacent space.

Michigan, USA, July 11, 2013 © Shawn Malone | Spaceweather.com

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