Space Weather: A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of Feb. 28th 2015

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Auroras
Taken by Mika-Pekka Markkanen
on February 28, 2015 @ Iceland

A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of Feb. 28th, causing compass needles to swerve and sparking bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. Mika-Pekka Markkanen was exploring a cave in Iceland when the G1-class geomagnetic storm peaked. He looked out and took this picture

“Simply wow!” says Markkanen. “It was a spectacular display. I got so manywonderful shots from different locations during one night that its bit overwhelming!”

The storm has subsided, but only temporarily. Earth is still inside the solar wind stream, so more auroras are in the offing. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on March 1-2. Aurora alerts: text, voice

http://www.spaceweather.com/

One Response to “Space Weather: A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of Feb. 28th 2015”

  1. Reblogged this on Art and Life and commented:
    some science to follow on from my blog post of last week.

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