A lot of buzz was created about a stunning cosmic light show known as aurora borealis to take place on December 30 and 31, but it is now being said that it was an uncertain thing. The peak was expected to take place on December 30.
The activity would have taken place because the sun ejected a big burst of gas and magnetic field known as coronal mass ejection and it started moving towards earth. Experts said that when the CME hit earth’s magnetic field at high speeds than it creates an amazing cosmic light show. It was being predicted that the recent CME would allow you to see the aurora borealis on New Year’s Eve.
Though this CME was strong enough to be more widely visible than usual, it is being said that increased visibility was around Oregon and nearby areas. On Wednesday, the Space Weather Prediction Center has predicted that minor geomagnetic storms would take place on December 31.
It was expected that the Friday would be a G1 minor storm and could occur approximately 155 times each year. NOAA has predicted about the solar storm. It also stated that the speed at which the solar flare will hit eth atmosphere, it will lead to Northern lights to be seen by people in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon and other states.
It was being predicted that the aurora borealis will be seen in Californian skies depending on the ‘strong’ storm predictions for December 30. But experts said that it was already being warned that people might not be able to witness a dazzling light show in the sky on New Year’s Eve.
Even earlier in 2015, bright displays of the Northern Lights have been clicked over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District, Penmon on Anglesey and Pendle Hill in Lancashire.
In other news Telegraph reported, the Northern Lights could put in a New Year’s Eve appearance over parts of England and Scotland, in a special addition to traditional Hogmanay celebrations. Forecasters have predicted that the latest wave of solar activity, caused by an ejection of particles from the Sun’s surface on December 28, could result in displays of the aurora borealis over the UK tonight.
Models and predictions released by the Space Weather Prediction Center at the USA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggest that the activity could cover Scotland and northern England on New Year's Eve, although predictions about sightings in more specific locations are difficult to make.
In a statement provided to CNET News, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a major solar flare on December 28 that created a coronal mass ejection, or CME. When a CME makes it way toward Earth, it can create so-called geomagnetic storms above our planet. These storms don't pose any threat, but they can sometimes disrupt communications technology, particularly those that use high frequencies like HAM radios. For most people, the only real impact of this CME will be the potential light show it creates.
Although the flare certainly wasn’t of the strength of a major X-class flare (the most powerful class of flare), this event did trigger a significant coronal mass ejection (CME) that is currently racing in the direction of Earth. Space weather forecasters predict a direct hit with Earth’s magnetic field on or around New Year’s Eve, potentially sparking some natural fireworks in the upper atmosphere just in time for 2016, according to a report from the Discovery.