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Surprisingly Strong Aurora early Tuesday

5/14/2019, 3:30:31 PM

One of the strongest auroras of the year so far occurred Tuesday morning. The aurora borealis was vivid across the northern tier of the United States and in Canada.

The aurora was picked up by a digital camera as far south as northern Ohio and Iowa.

It was a bit of a surprise to get this strong of an aurora. The Space Weather Perdiction Center (SWPC) rated the solar storm as a G-3, as strong as any we have seen in recent years. It was caused by a coronal mass ejection (CME). The CME occurred when there was a series of explosions near a sunspot over the weekend.

Check out this video which shows the aurora in real time. (Most videos of auroras are time lapses).

The solar storm has waned. But, the SWPC expects G-1 solar storm activity Wednesday, and G-2 level storm activity Thursday.

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See more detailed information via the Space Weather Enthusiasts Dashboard If the G-2 prediction verifies, then the aurora should be able to be seen with the naked eye north of about 45 degrees. It could be photographed as far south as 40 degrees! Good luck, and happy Aurora hunting over the next couple of nights! Thanks for readling! Just look up; you never know what you will see.

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