canada africa partner reservation Northern Lights lit up the skies in parts of Europe and the US

Northern Lights lit up the skies in parts of Europe and the US

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A powerful solar storm set the skies ablaze on Friday evening with the mesmerizing display of the Northern Lights across regions of Britain, Europe and the US.

Rare sightings were reported in countries such as the Czech Republic and Germany, thanks to a massive solar storm that hit Earth’s atmosphere.

The visibility of the Northern Lights increased dramatically on Friday due to an “extreme” geomagnetic storm, as confirmed by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This intense G5 geomagnetic storm, the highest level of its kind, made landfall on Thursday and may have affected communications, GPS systems and power grids, according to NOAA.

The origin of the storm lies in a “large, complex” sunspot cluster, stretching 17 times the diameter of Earth. The last G5-rated storm hit Earth in October 2003, causing power outages in Sweden.

NOAA noted that the lights were visible as far south as Alabama and Southern California in the US.

Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon expressed optimism on Friday about the chances of witnessing the Northern Lights. He stressed that while shorter nights could limit visibility, there was a promising possibility, especially on Friday evening, especially in Scotland, Ireland and parts of northern England and Wales.

He added: “There could even be visibility further south if you have the right equipment.”

These favorable conditions could continue into Saturday night, with the combination of clear skies and increased solar activity increasing the chances of seeing the display.

Numerous breathtaking sightings captured on camera across Britain highlight the awe-inspiring nature of this celestial event.