Skygazers are mesmerized by the dazzling display of the Northern lights.

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 Norway: 11 May 2024: In addition to causing alarms about possible disruptions to power grids and satellite communications, the strongest solar storm in almost 20 years slammed Earth's atmosphere and produced amazing celestial light displays in certain regions of the globe.

The solar eruption arrived on Earth at around 16:00 GMT on Friday, many hours earlier than expected, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which issued a rare solar storm warning.


The NOAA later elevated the first of multiple coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which are defined as the sun's emission of plasma and magnetic fields, to a "extreme" geomagnetic storm.It was the first solar storm since the October 2003 Halloween storms that destroyed South Africa's power system and caused blackouts in Sweden.

More solar expulsions are expected in the coming days, and possibly into next week, according to the NOAA. The United States agency alerted operators of power plants and spacecraft in orbit to take precautions.

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