We just had to post this stunning aurora image (scroll down for the full image) captured in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada just days ago, in the early morning hours of October 1, 2012. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center reports that this amazing image of the northern lights is the result of a coronal mass ejection (CME) that erupted from the sun a few days earlier on September 27.
The solar storm that caused this spectacular aurora was actually rated as a “G3” storm, on a scale from G1 to G5, so it’s considered pretty average. I wonder what kind of auroras a G5 solar storm would create! Wouldn’t you just love to see one of these happening in person? It would be incredible.
Image courtesy of Joseph Bradley and NASA Goddard Space Fight Center