Watch: Did a Solar Storm Make the Aurora Borealis More Visible?

The hope that solar flares would light up southern skies seems to have fizzled.

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A typical view of the Aurora Borealis over Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Wash. at night on February 10, 2012

Some scientists predicted that the aggressive solar storm that burst past the Earth last week had the potential to disturb electrical power grids, upset electronics and damage satellites. But the silver lining: It could have brought the beautiful Aurora Borealis to cities as far south as Philadelphia and New York, according to the Huffington Post. So far, however, the forecasts seem to have fallen short.

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Though the Northern Lights graced skies in Wisconsin (above), Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington state, NewsFeed has yet to see an indication of especially southern areas witnessing the cosmic action.

While Alaskans enjoyed great views as usual, the most southern U.S. city to get a rare glimpse of the phenomenon (and post it to YouTube) seems to be Jackson Hole, Wyoming:


It’s still early, but NewsFeed hopes to see more videos and images from lucky communities in the next few days.

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