A solar storm recently hit the earth and created a spectacular light show that can be seen from York. This occurred when the earth entered a period of increased solar activity. On October 11, a huge solar flare was discovered on the side of the sun facing the earth, and it reached the earth on Monday. Solar activity increases and decreases every 11 years.

This level of G2 solar storms can affect satellites in Earth orbit and may also disrupt the power grid. Usually, solar storms are not strong enough to be seen from areas other than the high altitude areas around the North Pole or Antarctica. But according to Space.com, the storm was visible in York, Wisconsin and Washington.

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned that solar storms could cause irregular satellite orientation and cause grid fluctuations. Then the warning was extended to Tuesday, but the possible impact of the solar storm was reduced to weak grid fluctuations.

On Monday, people in South Dakota in the United States, including photographer Randy Halverson (Randy Halverson), captured an incredible aurora, a colorful light show in the sky formed by a solar storm. This light is produced when particles from the sun interact with the gas in our atmosphere.

Aurora often appears in areas near the North Pole or South Pole.

Solar storms are a common space weather because coronal mass ejections (CME) often occur from the solar atmosphere. CME is composed of charged plasma, which propagates outwards and can hit the magnetic shield of the earth. When this plasma hits the magnetic shield at an astronomical speed of up to 45 million miles per hour, the charged particles move to the poles, releasing energy in the form of colored light.

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The largest solar storm on record hit the earth in 1859. The Carrington produced aurora that can be seen even in areas closer to the equator.