Northern lights transform Siberia into light show

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Auroras, caused by a coronal mass ejection on the Sun, illuminate the skies in the southwestern Siberian Omsk region, Russia November 6, 2023. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko

Swathes of Siberia, as well as parts of Russia and Ukraine, were treated to a magnificent display of the ‘northern lights’ on Monday. This dazzling spectacle was made possible by powerful solar flares that bathed the region in shades of scarlet, green, and purple. Isn’t that incredible?

Social media was flooded with jaw-dropping photos of the night sky shining bright with red and green hues. The aurora borealis, as it’s scientifically known, is caused by charged particles from the sun colliding with gas molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere, creating a mesmerizing light display.

According to The New Scientist magazine, this year’s northern lights are expected to be stronger than they’ve been in a decade. The sun is going through a particularly active phase, leading to an increase in solar activity.

Fans of natural wonders and captivating light shows will be keeping an eye out for future opportunities to witness the northern lights in all their glory. The northern lights remind us of the incredible forces at play beyond our planet, and they inspire us to marvel at the wonders of the cosmos.

 

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