Estriens could see sunspots and northern lights

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In a Facebook post, ASTROlab invites the population to use eclipse glasses to observe sunspots.

Photo: image published by the Astrolab du Mont-Mégantic

Published at 8:08 p.m. UTC

If you kept your glasses used during the solar eclipse of April 8, so much the better. They can be useful to you again, indicates ASTROlab du Mont-Mégantic.

In a Facebook post, the popular astronomy center indicates that it is possible to use the glasses on Friday and Saturday to observe a huge group of sunspots on the surface of the Sun towards the lower right.

These dark areas visible in the photosphere are due to magnetic activity, explains science communicator at ASTROlab, Guillaume Poulin. Over the past year or so, there have been an increased number of sunspots, and some are more impressive and more active, like those we can currently see on our starhe specifies.

Possible Northern Lights

The main consequence of this geomagnetic storm is the possibility of witnessing a rather rare phenomenon, the presence of northern lights in unusual areas. Estriens and residents of other regions could see this unique spectacle during the night.

Predicting that is a bit like predicting storms, explains Guillaume Poulin. So we can talk about the probability that is occurring, but let’s say that for southern Quebec, it’s probably the best chances we’ve had in several years.

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