Northern lights take unusual trip down south

October 25, 2011 By SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer

A baffling solar storm pulled colorful northern lights unusually far south, surprising space weather experts.

TV stations in Georgia and Kentucky reported people calling about the sky show Monday night. And NASA posted a photo from Huntsville, Ala. Southerners normally don't get to see the vibrant red and green aurora borealis.

Officials at the federal Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., said they were surprised at the southern reach. The center monitors solar storms, which trigger auroras.

forecast chief Bob Rutledge said given the size of the that occurred last night, the lights probably shouldn't have been visible south of Iowa. Rutledge said the storm was unusual, its effects reaching Earth faster than forecast. The storm caused no damage to technology as it sometimes does.

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Cynical1
not rated yet Oct 25, 2011
Magnetic reconnection?
omatumr
1 / 5 (8) Oct 25, 2011
Thanks for the story!

This illustrates how little we know about the object that sustains life and heats planet Earth.

See:

1. Princeton news report yesterday on solar magnetic fields:

www.princeton.edu...featured

2. Barry Ninham, "Charged Bose gas in astrophysics", Physics Letters 4, 278-279 (1963].

3. Super-fluidity in the solar interior: Implications for solar eruptions and climate, J. Fusion Energy 21, 193-198 (2002)

http://arxiv.org/.../0501441

4. "Earth's heat source- the Sun", Energy & Environment 20, 131-144 (2009)

http://arxiv.org/pdf/0905.0704

5. "Neutron repulsion", APEIRON J., in press (2011)

http://arxiv.org/...2.1499v1

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
http://myprofile....anuelo09
Feldagast
1.7 / 5 (6) Oct 25, 2011
Oh Come on the Sun only gives us light, we all know that CO2 creates heat.
MorganW
5 / 5 (1) Oct 25, 2011
Is this why my satellite reception sucked last night? Does anyone know if there'll be another display tonight?
jsdarkdestruction
1 / 5 (1) Oct 27, 2011
This illustrates how little we know about the object that sustains life and heats planet Earth.

correction, it illustrates how little YOU know

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