Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Southern Lights?


Most of the news and internet broadcasts are talking about the giant solar eruption (some are calling it a solar tsunami -- see picture below for a similar one from April) that is going to be showing up in our night sky this evening. It took place Sunday, and...most of the time...these prominent solar events are such that they can be seen up north and are known as the Northern Lights. These lights occur when the plasma wave from the eruption mixes with the magnetic field in our atmosphere creating what appears to be a beautiful neon light show in the sky. This event is so large that even those of us who live in the south may be able to see the effects. It will certainly be worth keeping an eye on the night sky this evening.


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