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A solar storm rips a hole in Earth’s magnetosphere, causing extremely rare pink auroras

A solar storm rips a hole in Earth’s magnetosphere, causing extremely rare pink auroras

Extremely rare pink auroras temporarily filled the sky above Norway after a crack in Earth's magnetosphere allowed the solar wind to penetrate deep into Earth's atmosphere.

(Image credit: Markus Varik/Greenlandic)

A burst of extremely rare pink auroras recently lit up the night sky over Norway after a solar storm hit the Earth and made a hole in the planet’s magnetic field. The breakthrough allowed high-energy solar particles to penetrate deeper into the atmosphere than usual, triggering the unusual colored lights.

The stunning light show was spotted on November 3 by a tour group led by Markus Varik, a aurora borealis tourist guide from Greenland Tourist Company (opens in new tab) based near Tromsø in Norway. The vibrant auroras appeared around 6 p.m. local time and lasted about 2 minutes, Varik told Live Science in an email.



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