Tonight in North America, we might be treated to rare glimpse of a colorful sky caused by a solar flare that occurred on Thursday morning. Aurora borealis (called aurora australis in the southern hemisphere) is a result of solar flares that cause radiation from the sun to interact with atmospheric protons–that’s when colorful beams of light start to dance across the night sky. The most common colors of “Northern Lights” are green and blue, but on occasion, they turn orange, pink, yellow and red.
This map from AccuWeather.com portrays viewing conditions in North America:
And in Europe:
We’ll be watching and posting photos tomorrow if any worth sharing are captured. In the meantime, some inspiration from a photo taken on Lake Vakkara in northern Sweden last month by @stefaliscious (who apparently brought the aurora’s home with her):