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©Sarah Milne

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Aurora borealis in Hastings

Jude Montague and Sarah Milne on the aurora borealis in Hastings

During the Spirit of Invention festival we were interrupted by a solar storm. Saturday 11 May, at approximately 11pm at night those who were awake and aware were lucky enough to experience the Northern Lights in Hastings.

Artist and writer Sarah Milne went up on East Hill to capture the magical intervention to remember this rare visitation.

Solar storms happen when the sun emits solar flares and coronal mass ejections. They are deflected by our electro-magnetic field that protects our planet. The geomagnetic field prevents solar wind and cosmic rays from stripping away the atmosphere and when it is disruptive we get spectacular auroras, rarely seen this far south.

© Sarah Milne

© Sarah Milne

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Posted 12:28 Monday, May 13, 2024 In: Nature

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