August 18, 2022By Rachel Njau

Strong geomagnetic storm this week may make the Northern Lights visible on the U.S. mainland, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The aurora borealis, also referred to as the northern lights, usually occurs closer to the North Pole, close to Canada and Alaska.

Northern Lights
Australia's answer to the Northern Lights

However, if the weather is right, the storm might bring the aurora farther south on Thursday and Friday, making them visible in parts of Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Oregon.

A coronal hole (the patches that appear black on the Sun) causes strong winds to develop during the storm, which in turn causes coronal mass ejections, or CMEs. Plasma and fragments of the magnetic field of the Sun are launched into space by a CME.After 2024, Russia claims, it will leave the International Space Station.

The storm began on Sunday and is anticipated to reach its peak strength on Thursday at a G3 level (the highest rating for storm intensity is G5) before ending on Friday.

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