Second solar storm hits Earth, auroras expected


A second of two major solar storms has hit the Earth, creating ideal conditions for colourful night skies over polar regions, but also creating the risk of disruption to communications and power networks.

Tasmania may be one place to enjoy the view, according to the Aurora Australis Tasmania Facebook page.

The Space Prediction Centre of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) said the storm had “entered its main phase and it has strengthened to the expected G3 (strong) level,”  in a statement posted on its website at 9.35 am,(AEST).

An Aurora Borealis in all its glory.

An Aurora Borealis in all its glory. Photo: NASA file pic.

“Solar wind conditions suggest that this activity will continue for many hours and aurora watchers should be in for a good treat,” the centre said, adding t would issue warnings if more “intense storming” occurs.

The second of two solar storms…

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