Our Twitter feeds just exploded with pictures of an auroral outburst in the UK, Scandinavia, Iceland and even from the International Space Station! Thanks to the X4.9 class solar flare on on Feb. 25, the resulting CME hit Earth’s magnetic field today and triggered geomagnetic storms. Take a look at some of the images pouring in, featuring dancing curtains of reds, greens, purples and pinks:
Southern lights were absolutely stunning tonight! pic.twitter.com/y20Rkkc2uv
— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) February 27, 2014
This timelapse shows the aurora display over Swordale, Isle of Lewis, Scotland on Feb. 27, 2014:
Here are a few notable tweets:
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— Pete Wood (@PeteWood1981) February 27, 2014
— Alison Moore (@AlisonMooreDesi) February 27, 2014
Lost for words. An hour and a half spent looking up at the most incredible aurora display I have ever seen.
— Nick Bramhall (@nickbramhll) February 27, 2014
— Jordan Crosby (@Jordan_Crosby) February 27, 2014
Here are more images that came in overnight:
To see more images, take a look at the Twitter feed of @VirtualAstro, or see the aurora gallery at SpaceWeather.com.
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