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The Northern Lights..... In the Southern Skies???
The Northern Lights..... In the Southern Skies???

The Video above is from Brian Emfinger in Ozark Arkansas!!!

Last night we had a CME, or AKA Coronal Mass Ejection

Click here for a full read on it, I will compress it for you. Basically is is like the sun burping out a huge ball of plasma. yeah I know, but it is the only way to really imagine what is going on in that big orange ball in the sky. What happens is that it sends out this huge plume of plasmas filled with electrons and protons that literally slam into the earth's magnetosphere. This is the magnetic layer that protects us from the solar wind, yeah, that is not good wind for us to have. This burst is so strong that it actually shifts the magnetosphere out of its normal balance. As the magnetosphere shifts out of place, then back into place. As it "reconnects" it creates a magnetic storm on the terrawatt scale (that is HUGE). It is this storm as the magnetosphere goes back into balance that creates the northern lights.