AURORAS IN CANADA AND THE USA: For the 3rd day in a row, Earth is inside a stream of high-speed solar wind, which is sparking intermitent G1-classgeomagnetic storms around the Arctic Circle. Last night in Churchill, Manotiba, “the entire sky turned green,” reports Alan Dyer, who says the storm was actually subsiding when he took this picture:
“There was rapid motion and rippling effects, with some nitrogen pinks along the bottom edge of the curtains,” he says.
The display was so intense, it spilled over into the USA. Just south of the Canadian border, Kevin Palmer photographed the geomagnetic glow from Saint Xavier, Montana:
“The aurora showed itself low on the northern horizon,” says Palmer. “The Bighorn River made a nice reflection.”
The stream of solar wind is flowing from a wide hole in the sun’s atmosphere–so wide that we may feel its emissions for another 24 to 48 hours. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras this weekend.