might be seen over the United States and Europe if a severe geomagnetic storm occurs.
A massive solar flare erupted on Thursday and is expected to reach Earth on Saturday, causing a powerful geomagnetic storm and the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, to be visible throughout the United States and Europe.
Prior to the flare smashing into the Earth, NOAA issued a G3, or “strong,” geomagnetic storm watch for Saturday and Sunday. Geomagnetic storms are graded on a scale of G1 (small storm) to G5 (severe storm).
According to NOAA, this geomagnetic storm may cause voltage fluctuations and false alarms on certain protection systems.
On the sunny side of the globe, it might potentially result in high-frequency radio blackouts and loss of radio communication.
The aurora borealis will most certainly be supercharged by the approaching geomagnetic storm, making it visible throughout most of the United States and Europe.
Weather allowing, the Northern Lights may be seen from Portland, Oregon to New York City, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute Aurora Forecast. As far south as Carson City, Nevada, Oklahoma City, and Raleigh, North Carolina, it may be seen on the horizon.
Weather permitting, the aurora borealis may be seen above in Norway, Sweden
, and Finland, as well as far south as Scotland and St. Petersburg, Russia, according to the prediction.
It may be seen as far south as Dublin, Ireland, and Hamburg, Germany on the horizon.
Similar phenomena will be seen in the aurora australis, often known as the Southern Lights.
It may be seen in the horizon from Melbourne, Australia to Christchurch, New Zealand, according to the prediction.
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