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Spectacular Northern Lights display pictured after violent space storm

Spectacular Northern Lights display pictured after violent space storm A spectacular Northern Lights display has been photographed over the skies of northern Europe, after Nasa scientists reported a powerful space storm buffeting Earth. By Andrew Hough, and Sarah Kelley Published: 6:00PM BST 09 Sep 2010

The stunning auroras, witnessed on Wednesday night, are the first of the season following the area’s light summer nights. The displays were created from bursts of activity on the Sun earlier this week. The subsequent magnetic activity, above a sunspot numbered 1105, produced an explosive flare that was recorded by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The flare then sent a stream of charged particles racing towards Earth at 250 miles per second. After the sunspot rotated away from Earth, the explosive region erupted once more, creating a second solar flare, a fantastic prominence that sent a coronal mass ejection into space.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7992463/Spectacular-Northern-Lights-display-pictured-after-violent-space-storm.html

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