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Vicious Geomagnetic Storm Hits Earth

posted: 03/17/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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The current auroral oval (at 1:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday) over the North Americas -- the most intense auroral activity is shown in red.
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From Discovery News

The most powerful solar storm of the current solar cycle is currently reverberating around the globe.

Initially triggered by the impact of a coronal mass ejection (CME) hitting our planet's magnetosphere, a relatively mild geomagnetic storm erupted at around 04:30 UT (12:30 a.m. EDT), but it has since ramped-up to an impressive G4-class geomagnetic storm, priming high latitudes for some bright auroral displays.

When strong auroral activity started brightening the skies early this morning over Alaska, speaking with Spaceweather.com photographer Marketa Murray said: "The auroras were insane. I have never seen anything like this."

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