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Evansville May Get Glimpse Of Northern Lights [Video]

Solar flare captured by NASA Sunday (NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory)

Our chilly northern skies are getting lit up by the broiling sun. The largest radiation storm on the star at the center of our galaxy since 2005 is giving the world (and Evansville) a rare opportunity to see the aurora borealis (aka Northern Lights).

IN SPACE - FEBRUARY: In this handout image provided by NASA / SDO, a pair of active regions on the Sun were captured in extreme ultraviolet light from the Solar Dynamic Observatory February 7 to 10, 2011. The magnetic field lines above the regions produced fluttering arcs waving above them as well as a couple of flares. Another pair of smaller active regions emerges and trails behind the larger ones. (Photo by NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JANUARY 23: In this handout from the NOAA/National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center, shows the M3.2 solar flare on January 23, 2012. The flare is reportedly the largest since 2005 and is expected to affect GPS systems and other communications when it reaches the Earth's magnetic field in the morning of January 24. (Photo by NOAA/National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center via Getty Images)
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(Photo by NOAA/National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center via Getty Images)
(Photo by NOAA/National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center via Getty Images)

The last time the sun produced such intense solar flares (what NASA and NOAA classify as M2.6) was in 2005.

The burst of energy (at 6 × 1025 joules, or really intensely powerful) out into space in the form of a radiation storm (electrons, ions and atoms, look out!) When that radiation hits the earth’s geomagnetic field, it produces a solar wind. It is that solar wind, moving across the earth’s atmosphere, which produces the Northern Lights.

NASA scientists say this week’s solar flare is an indication the sun is going to start getting more active in the coming years.

Take a look at the videos for some spectacular shows the northern lights have been putting on in the last 24 hours.

Aurora Borealis at Tromvik Norway from Helge Mortensen on Vimeo.

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