Orbital View: A Sunstorm Over Canada

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Via NASA's Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership satellite:

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On October 7th, the earth's atmosphere was bombarded with magnetic particles ejected into space after a storm on the sun earlier that week. The result: aurora borealis, a phenomena that, while colorful on Earth, appears as a gray, sandy wave on the Suomi satellite's infrared imaging radiometer.

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