Northern Lights: some moments of a rare spectacle in NB

The solar storm of May 10, 2024 allowed Canadians across the country to see the Northern Lights. In New Brunswick, many have taken photos of this celestial spectacle.

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Fundy National Park

Photo: Courtesy: Trish Smith

According to comments on social media, the highlight of the show took place between 10:30 p.m. and midnight in New Brunswick.

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Memramcook

Photo: Radio-Canada / Courtesy: Stéphane Lanteigne

The Canadian Space Weather Center says the storm associated with massive solar flares hit all of Canada Friday afternoon.

>>A photo of the Northern Lights on May 10, 2024, a sky filled with colors in a New Brunswick city.>>

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Acadian Peninsula

Photo: Courtesy: Sonia Bertin

Astronomers point out that the sun is in a particular phase of an 11-year cycle that sees it emit more frequent and more intense solar flares.

>>Aurora Borealis>>

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Tracadie

Photo: Courtesy: Audrey Ferrer

The Northern Lights form when these solar particles collide with gases in the atmosphere

>>A photo of the Northern Lights on May 10, 2024, a sky filled with colors in a New Brunswick city.>>

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Bouctouche

Photo: Courtesy: Samuel Albert

The United States National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration issued its first geomagnetic storm watch since 2005 and claimed the storm was a potentially historic event.

>>A photo of the Northern Lights on May 10, 2024, a sky filled with colors in a New Brunswick city.>>

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Saint Jean

Photo: Courtesy: Arrul Kanan

The Canadian Space Weather Center says the storm warning was downgraded Friday evening to a storm watch that will last until Saturday afternoon. In the evening, it will be possible to attend another show of this kind.

>>A photo of the Northern Lights on May 10, 2024, a sky filled with colors in a New Brunswick city.>>

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Bas-Caraquet Marina

Photo: Courtesy: Emy Chiasson

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the Sun produced strong solar flares starting Wednesday, leading to five plasma explosions capable of disrupting orbiting satellites and power grids on Earth.

>>A photo of the Northern Lights on May 10, 2024, a sky filled with colors in a New Brunswick city.>>

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Petit-Rocher

Photo: Courtesy: Sonia Bertin

Each flare – known as a coronal mass ejection – can contain billions of tons of solar plasma.

>>A photo of the Northern Lights on May 10, 2024, a sky filled with colors in a New Brunswick city.>>

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Paquetville

Photo: Courtesy: Julie Vienneau

There NOAA describes this event as unusual. The agency points out that the flares appear to be associated with a sunspot whose diameter is 16 times that of Earth.

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Moncton

Photo: Courtesy: Manon Menoret

In 2003, an extreme geomagnetic storm caused power outages in Sweden and damaged power transformers in South Africa.

>>A photo of the Northern Lights on May 10, 2024, a sky filled with colors in a New Brunswick city.>>

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Bathurst

Photo: Courtesy: Andre Lebel

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