The aurora borealis in pictures

The aurora borealis in pictures

People visit St Mary’s lighthouse in Whitley Bay to see the aurora borealis, commonly known as the northern lights, on May 10, 2024 in Whitley Bay, England. 

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A rare solar storm illuminated the evening skies on Friday, with neon rays of magenta, green and blue beaming across much of the northern hemisphere.

Skywatchers gathered to witness and snap photos of the aurora borealis, typically only visible in high north latitudes. This time, however, it stretched as far south as Louisiana due to the supercharge of some intense sun eruptions.

On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its first severe geomagnetic storm warning since 2005, serving as a heads-up about Friday’s skylight show.

Here is what the aurora looked like around the world:

Liverpool, England

The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, glow on the horizon at Another Place by Anthony Gormley, Crosby Beach, Liverpool , Merseyside. 

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Edinburgh

The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, above Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. 

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Finland

The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights illuminate the sky in Espoo, Finland on May 10, 2024. 

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Vienna

Northern lights or aurora borealis illuminate the night sky over Vienna during a geomagnetic storm on May 11, 2024. 

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Slovenia

Northern lights light up the skies over northwestern Slovenia. The aurora that stretched over entire Europe was caused by a massive geomagnetic storm hitting the Earth. 

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Germany

Northern lights appear in the night sky over the Pferdskopf near Treisberg in the Hochtaunus district of Hesse. 

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Austria

Northern lights or aurora borealis illuminate the night sky over Fusch an der Großglocknerstraße, near Zell am See, Austria during a geomagnetic storm on May 11, 2024. 

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Canada

The Aurora borealis, commonly known as the northern lights, is seen on May 11, 2024 in Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)

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Oregon

The Northern Lights are seen above the Columbia River Gorge from Chanticleer Point Lookout in the early morning hours of May 11, 2024 in Latourell, Oregon. 

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San Francisco

Northern lights or aurora borealis illuminate the night sky along a highway north of San Francisco in Middletown, California on May 11, 2024. 

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San Rafael, California

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) illuminate the sky of San Francisco North Bay as seen from China Camp Beach in San Rafael, California, United States on May 11, 2024. 

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Original news source Credit: www.cnbc.com

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