Northern lights lit up the Gers sky, an extremely rare but striking spectacle

Northern lights lit up the Gers sky, an extremely rare but striking spectacle
Northern lights lit up the Gers sky, an extremely rare but striking spectacle

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A few lucky people witnessed a rare but striking spectacle in the Gers sky on the night of Friday May 10 to Saturday May 11: the appearance of the Northern Lights.

It is a phenomenon as rare as it is impressive which was observed throughout France on the night of Friday May 10 to Saturday May 11. Northern lights lit up the sky until they reached the department of Gers and the Pyrenees. Several lucky people and some insomniacs had the opportunity to attend the show. Some have immortalized this “magical” moment.

Striking spectacle here, in Durban in the Gers.
DDM – SEBASTIEN LAPEYRERE

Usually, the northern lights or polar lights form over regions near the poles, in an area called the “auroral zone.” In the event of intense magnetic activity, plasma flows consisting mainly of ions and electrons are ejected from the upper atmosphere of the Sun. A major solar flare is the cause of this formation.

The collision between these charged particles and the gases found in the Earth’s upper atmosphere generates tiny bursts of light that fill the sky with colored veils. Depending on the type of gas the particles encounter, the light will be different (green, red, purple, blue.).

The last solar flare of its kind occurred in 2003, several auroras were observed near the Earth’s equator and in the tropics.

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