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  • Writer's pictureAlberto Pisabarro

Auroras-A gift from the sun

I think we will all agree that it is not the most common thing to be able to see the Northern Lights very far south, such as in the north of Spain, but last May 10, I think that all of us, without exception, were surprised to be able to see this beautiful phenomenon in our skies.

As it could not be otherwise, I took my camera out to the patio to be able to capture some snapshots of this beautiful phenomenon, although I think I will always regret not moving outside of San Justo to capture the beautiful northern lights, although some storms ended up generating here. , as seen in the 4-hour timelapse that accompanies this post.


But first I want to give a little information, for anyone who may be interested, about how this beautiful phenomenon is generated.


Auroras are the result of disturbances in the magnetosphere, these disturbances are caused by the solar wind. Mainly due to an increase in the speed of the solar wind caused by what is called "Coronal mass ejections". A coronal mass ejection or CME is a wave composed of radiation and solar wind, which is emitted from the Sun during the period of solar activity called Solar Maximum. Coronal mass ejections can damage electrical circuits, transformers and communication systems, in addition to temporarily reducing the Earth's magnetic field. When this occurs, it is said that there is a solar storm. For this phenomenon to produce the northern lights as far south as it did last Friday, it must be a very powerful solar storm.

There is a documentary that talks about this topic, titled Solar Max, which by the way I really liked and ended up purchasing it on DVD.





But well, the best of all is that we have been able to enjoy this phenomenon in practically all of Spain, I captured a few images and a timelapse of almost 1400 images, with which I have put together the video that you can see below.






Hopefully, despite the risks, I would love to be able to enjoy another night like Friday before the end of the current Solar Maximum period.

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