Northern Lights in Arkansas

What the...!?

Yes, friends and neighbors. There were northern lights in Arkansas last night. I can’t recall this ever happening before. Here is the official explanation:

“The cause of the show was a coronal mass ejection from the sun that hit Earth’s magnetosphere at about 2 p.m. ET”, SpaceWeather.com reported. “The impact caused a strong compression in the magnetic field, allowing electrically charged particles from the solar wind to penetrate down to geosynchronous orbit (22,000 miles or 35,000 kilometers in altitude).”

Don’t ask me what that means. I’m just repeating what I read. The report went on to say:

“Solar activity is on the upswing toward an expected peak of the sun’s 11-year cycle in 2013, and the past few months have been marked by strong auroral activity.”

So, there you have it. Another nice little trip without leaving my backyard.

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4 thoughts on “Northern Lights in Arkansas

  1. wow, what an awesome thing to see such a rare show…and in your backyard…the reds are unreal…thanks for sharing, I showed the girls and really appreciated you having done the work and provided the answer to why it occurred…first thing the girls asked…how did it happen…lol…

    • My pleasure. That is the first thing I wanted to know to. My mother (who is 82) told me she remembers seeing Northern Lights in Arkansas twice. Once when she was about six years old, about 1935, and then again about 1980.

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