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Northern Lights 2024: In which states of Mexico can they be seen this weekend?

During the early hours of last Friday, May 10, it happened one of the most impressive scientific phenomena in the world: the northern lights. You missed out? Don’t feel bad, because Possibly they will be able to be seen again during the night of this Saturday and in the following days.

The northern lights occurred after a solar storm that was caused by a series of solar flares and coronal mass ejections that are directed towards the Earth.

The scientific authorities had planned that the northern lights could only be admired in different areas of the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, however, They were also visible in different areas of our country.

These are some of the entities from Mexico where you could see the northern lights during this Saturday:

  • Chihuahua
  • Hermosillo
  • Zacatecas

Until now you can’t know if the northern lights They will be visible in some other entity in the country.

How long will this phenomenon last?

According to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The phenomenon of the northern lights It could extend over the next few days.

In other words, the northern lights could not only be visible last Friday, May 10, but could last the entire weekend and even extend into the first days of next week.

How are northern lights formed?

The northern lights begin to generate In the Sun, this occurs as electrically charged ion particles flow from its surface.

Then the solar wind is formed and when it approaches the Earth, its magnetic field rejects some of these particles. However, some of the ions can become trapped in the Earth’s ionosphere, these begin to collide with oxygen and nitrogen particles in the Earth’s atmosphere.

At the precise moment that this happens, an energy begins to be released that generates a bright halo around the poles, explains National Geographic.

What effects can solar storms cause?

Geomagnetic storms, better known as solar storms, They are not a risk to the inhabitants of Earth but they are an excellent opportunity to admire the impressive northern lights.

However, solar storms Yes, they could cause potential effects to different sectors.; For example, an extreme geomagnetic storm that occurred in 2003 caused power outages in Sweden and damaged electrical transformers in South Africa. Other services may also be affected, such as:

  • Electrical networks
  • Communications
  • Navigation systems
  • Radio and satellite operations

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