The Sun’s strong activity has caused multiple sightings of northern lights across the United States. A recent geomagnetic storm allowed the spectacle to be visible as far south as Alabama, a rare occurrence that amazed onlookers. The northern lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are the result of charged particles from the sun interacting with Earth’s magnetic field. Strong solar activity can lead to an increase in geomagnetic storms, which in turn make the lights visible at lower latitudes. While these events are beautiful to witness, they can also interfere with satellite and communication systems, causing disruptions to technology and the economy.
Today: December 9, 2023