Storm of the Century: The best photos of the historic Aurora Borealis

On May 8, a series of powerful flares occurred on the Sun, accompanied by coronal mass ejections. Two days later, they reached Earth, which led to the emergence, without any exaggeration, of a historic geomagnetic storm: it has become the strongest since 2003. 

The powerful storm led to the formation of auroras at much lower latitudes than usual. They were observed in such “atypical” regions of the Earth as Florida, Mexico, the Canary Islands and the Bahamas. In addition to its extensive geography, the radiance was also distinguished by a very rich palette of colors and shapes.

Of course, the unique celestial show was actively photographed by both random eyewitnesses and professional astrophotographers. On the World Wide Web, you can find a huge number of colorful pictures taken in different parts of the globe. The editors of The Universe Space Tech have compiled a selection of the best of them, demonstrating the scale of the unique celestial show.

Aurora Borealis in the Netherlands. Source: Albert Dros
Aurora Borealis in Tasmania. Source: Sean O’ Riordan
Aurora Borealis over the ruins of a church in Ireland. Source: Sryan Bruen
Aurora Borealis, photographed from aboard an airplane flying from Denver to Paris. Source: Andrew Markowitz
Aurora Borealis over the Golden Gate Bridge. Source: Jane Manchun Wong
Aurora Borealis over Stonehenge. Source: Nick Bull
Aurora Borealis over Glastonbury Tor (Great Britain). Source: Michelle Cowbourne
Aurora Borealis in the UK. Source: Chad Powell
Aurora Borealis over the satellite observation station (Germany). Source: Simeon Schmauß
Aurora Borealis in Colorado. Source: Rob Hoff
Aurora Borealis in Ireland. Source: James Crombie
Aurora Borealis in Joshua Tree National Park (California). Source: Bray Falls
Aurora Borealis over the South Pole. Source: Kevin Zagorski
Aurora Borealis on the front line. Source: @reshetz

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