Swedes enjoy spectacular Northern Lights show

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Aurora over Stockholm.  (Kris Boswell/Sveriges Radio)
Aurora over Stockholm.
(Kris Boswell/Sveriges Radio)
There is another chance tonight for people in the whole of Sweden to get to see the Northern Lights.

On Tuesday evening, Swedes living as far south as Skåne said they saw the spectacular light show.

Peter Linde, an astronomer with Lund University in the south of Sweden, explained to Radio Sweden why the lights are so far south.

“There has been a special kind of solar activity, a rather violent exlposion on the solar surface some days ago, which threw away a lot of matter and charged particles and when they hit the earth’s magnetic field, they were redirected to the south and the north. In this particular case, it must have been an unusually strong event, so that the resulting Northern Lights also became unusually strong.”

The area of high pressure over Sweden in the past week has also made it easier to see the lights. But cloudy weather will move in on Friday, when Sweden will also be in the path of a partial solar eclipse.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Astronauts to photograph northern lights, CBC News

Finland: Northern lights could be visible from southern Finland this weekend, Yle News

United States: Auroral research rocket blasts into space from Alaska range, Alaska Dispatch

 

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