The UK Met Office’s Space Weather Prediction Center said today (December 22) that a solar storm that erupted from the sun on Monday (December 20) could boost northern lights displays around the North Pole ahead of Santa’s flight this weekend.
The solar storm was caused by a Coronal mass ejection, or CME, which is a powerful eruption of magnetically charged particles and plasma from the outer layer of sun atmosphere, the aura. When directed at Earth, the ejected coronal masses can create geomagnetic storms that can disrupt satellite services and power grids. One of the most pleasant side effects of these events is an increase in twilight In the regions around the North and South Poles, this is where these wonderful performances are held.
It is expected to arrive on Monday, which exploded from the sun at 6:36 a.m. EDT (1136 GMT) the earth Thursday (December 23). It originated from a strong M1.9-class solar flare that erupted from a sunspot called active region 2908, according to Spaceweather.com.
The Met Office wrote: “The auroral oval is likely to improve slightly at high latitudes 22 to 24 due to enhanced geomagnetic activity of the coronal hole, and a weak coronal mass ejection chance on the 23rd.” On her website.
According to the European Space Agency (ESA) Space Weather NetworkIn the past week, the sun has been very crowded with several active areas appearing on its scorching surface in the lead-up to Christmas.
The Met Office said the geomagnetic storm triggered by the CME on Monday is expected to be minor. Geomagnetic storms occur when charged particles from the sun interact with the planet’s magnetic field. Earth’s magnetic field lines will redirect these particles over the poles, which is why we see aurora borealis in these regions.
If you want to see the northern light, check out our guide to Where and how are the aurora borealis filmed?. Our picks for Best equipment for photographing the aurora borealis And How to edit aurora photos can help you capture their ethereal glow on camera.