Auroras light up the US after 'cannibal' Sun eruption slams into Earth

Many people across the US were able to photograph the northern lights aurora after a solar eruption caused a CME that hit Earth.

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Earlier in the week, officials reported observing at least 17 solar eruptions over the span of two days. Following the solar eruptions came a "cannibal coronal mass ejection (CME)."

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A CME is a wave of charged particles that are can be released from the Sun when a solar flare occurs. In the recent instance, two CMEs were released following the multitude of solar eruptions, and these CMEs were headed straight for Earth. Officials described the second CME to be "cannibal" as it overtook the first and combined into one large wave of charged particles.

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As a result, officials warned there was an increased chance of auroras appearing around Earth during the time of impact. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) issued a G3 "strong" geomagnetic storm warning on March 30, with the scale of severity ranging from G1 to G5. The geomagnetic storm caused by the impact of the CME produced gorgeous auroras that were seen in the early hours of Thursday.

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Some individuals captured images of the northern lights and posted them on social media. Below and above are some of those images.

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