Storms on the sun sent charged particles across space that interacted this week with Earth’s magnetic field. We got reports from as far south as the U.S. state of Virginia and similar latitudes of beautiful auroral displays! Thanks so much to all who shared their photos with EarthSky.
Although there’s not much nighttime at far-northern latitudes now (being so close to the solstice, or time of the midnight sun above the Arctic Circle), some at very northerly latitudes reported beautiful displays of auroras last night as well.
Astronaut Scott Kelly caught the display from the International Space Station.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. In 2020, she was the Education Prize from the American Astronomical Society, the largest organization of professional astronomers in North America. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.
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