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By Troy Carpenter
For The Sentinel 

Night Sky Lit Up: The skies over Goldendale Shone with reare Norther Lights two weeks ago.


Troy Carpenter

Night Sky Lit Up: The skies over Goldendale shone with rare Northern Lights two weeks ago.

On Tuesday, May 23, a relatively weak solar flare unleashed a coronal mass ejection in the general direction of Earth. This eruption of high energy solar particles sideswiped our planet's magnetic field on May 27, one full day earlier than expected; the impact destabilized Earth's magnetosphere and touched off a strong G3 class geomagnetic storm that lasted well into the next day. As high energy solar particles, guided by our rapidly shifting magnetic field, struck and ionized Earth's upper atmosphere, bright aurorae were observed all over the world in areas not typically privy to them, including 20 states, some as far south as California and Colorado. A glow on the northern horizon was e...

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