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When the Northern Lights were so Powerful they Started Fires in Observation Equipment
Sep 16, 2018 Reed Des Roches
Auroras, also known as northern lights, are a phenomenon that causes brilliant and colorful lights that shine in the sky. The bright green and red glows can be observed in areas closest to the earth’s poles, such as Alaska.
While the phenomenon is extremely beautiful, the underlying geomagnetic disturbances that cause the lights can be very dangerous.
The most remarkable of these events was recorded in 1859. A British astronomer named Richard Carrington was documenting sunspots when he observed two bright flashes that indicated a massive geomagnetic storm.