First Created 10/1/2012
In 2010 Nasa predicted that for 2012 we would have the brightest northern lights display for 50 years. 2011 and 2012 has brought the Northern Lights to many areas around the world, including Missouri where I live.
June 19, 2012
New Aurora Pictures: Huge Solar Blasts Spark Rare Colors
Auroras are created when charged solar particles slam into Earth’s magnetic field and get funneled poleward. The particles collide with molecules in our atmosphere, transferring energy and making the air molecules glow.
Late last week an active region of giant sunspots—each many times larger than Earth—rotated into view……..
July 16, 2012
Spectacular streaks of purple and orange stretch across the skies as Britain gets rare glimpse of the Northern Lights
A man was left amazed when he found himself standing beneath a stunning night sky of florescent lights.
Lee Jennings had been hoping he’d get lucky when he noticed the space weather forecast predicted prime conditions for gazing at the Northern Lights.
But he had no idea that the sky would provide him with such a spectacular display of colour and light.
The photographer was able to capture fantastic pictures of the atmosphere laced with bright purple and green.
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, form when charged particles from the sun penetrate the earth’s magnetic field and collide with atoms and molecules to create bursts of light.
The Aurora Borealis is most commonly spotted in Norway but recently solar activity has been increasing with the light shows occasionally visible in the skies above the UK – although mostly in northern Scotland………….
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2174224/Northern-Lights-Spectacular-photos-Northumberland-gets-rare-glimpse.html#ixzz289bwgTW0