Strongest solar flare of the summer sparks widespread auroras

By Muriel Kane
Sunday, July 15, 2012 19:27 EDT
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Minnesota aurora screencap
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An X-class solar flare that erupted on July 12 but was initially thought to have affected the earth only weakly revealed its full power on Saturday night in the form of displays of the Northern Lights that stretched as far south as Colorado and Arkansas.

In the southern hemisphere, auroras were observed from Australia, New Zealand, and even directly over the South Pole.

With the solar storm continuing, there is a possibility for auroras after dark on Sunday night as well.

This video was uploaded to YouTube by bnvn1 on July 15, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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