September 11th, 2015: High-speed solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field. The impact sparked a strong (Kp=7) geomagnetic storm

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Taken by marketa S Murray on September 11, 2015 @ Fairbanks – Alaska

During the early hours of Sept. 11th, a high-speed solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field. The impact sparked a strong (Kp=7) geomagnetic storm and Northern Lights in the USA as far south as Wisconsin and Washington State. In Alaska, “the entire sky was moving like sea waves in colors of green and purple,” reports aurora tour guide Marketa Murray

“This was the most beautiful night in a long time,” she says. “Our guests were crying and couldn’t catch their breath.”

More breathtaking auroras could appear tonight. NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of geomagnetic storms on Sept. 11-12 as the solar wind continues to blow. Aurora alerts: text or voice

http://spaceweather.com/

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