Auroras are subtropical

"The effect of absorption at high latitudes" — these phrases in the report geophysicists may mean that the northerners again lucky enough to see the aurora.

But as recently as the beginning of the week, when the Earth's magnetic field opposed by the solar wind, auroras could see the inhabitants of many regions located much further from the poles than usual. Another important feature was the fact that the effect of such intensity and duration (more than three days) was observed in the summer. The source of coronal mass ejection evening of 12 July 1520 was a vast spot in the southern part of the Sun. At that time it was almost opposite the Earth. Invasion of solar particles in the ionosphere of the earth began on July 14.

Auroras Borealis could watch the people of Norfolk, — the The Telegraph, — region located far to the south (across the UK) Scotland, where the people can sometimes enjoy fluorescent lights brighten the night sky.

Taken meteorologist Chris Bell from Norwich. First day he was already lucky it happened in 2002, but then the show was less colorful.

According to local astronomers, aurora in the sky over Norfolk was noted in 2007.

If you compare the eastern and western hemisphere against recurrence of auroras, in a more preferred position will be residents of the North American continent. For Canada and the northern U.S. Shatov — it's almost normal. (Http://

An interesting picture was taken in Wyoming. The author reports on the latitude that is 45 °, which is the distance — that to the pole to the equator that is almost the same. In the photo there and purple colors, and green. Green flashes occur more frequently at higher latitudes, and purple — in the lower. (Http://

Even more interesting is that the aurora was observed at the beginning of the week in the most southern states of the U.S. — even in Colorado, California and Arizona. It is 35-40 ° latitude — most real subtropics! This breadth of the Mediterranean Sea. (Http://

Perhaps the most interesting shot managed to do at night on July 17 Sean Malone on the shore of Lake Superior (USA) thanks to his dog, which can not stand the storm. She woke Malone, and he was fortunate to see the incredible light show — on the background of the aurora over the lake was moving storm cloud.

Not left without a colorful cosmic lights and people of Australia and New Zealand region with sufficient high frequency of this phenomenon.

And just can not imagine what would have been photographed aurora cosmonauts and astronauts to the ISS. NASA astronaut Joe Aqaba made this impressive picture Aurora Australis, known as the southern lights, with the height of the ISS, equal to 386 km.


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