Every once in a while, Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show.
A severe solar storm smacked Earth yesterday with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt, with the potential to affect power grids and GPS tracking while pushing the colourful northern lights farther south. The lights were visible throughout the northern hemisphere, and photos from several countries (from Canada to Finland to England) are popping up online.
Two blasts of magnetic plasma left the sun on Sunday, combined and arrived on Earth about 15 hours earlier and much stronger than expected. It is the most powerful solar storm to blast Earth since the fall of 2013. No non-beautiful repercussions have been reported so far.
Here's a taste of some of the eye candy on display last night:
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) March 18, 2015
WoW!— Ramona Barbagallo (@rjbarbagallo) March 18, 2015
In #Finland last night 🎨March 18, 2015
Northern lights in Toronto tonight! (well, 20mins north of town)March 18, 2015
Northern lights all over Canada tonight and tomorrow nightMarch 17, 2015
WATCH: Northern lights spotted in southern Ontario skiesMarch 18, 2015
Hey, it even brought out our humour (after this cold, brutal winter)!
With files from AP
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