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VIDEO / Solar storm hits Earth, northern aurora spectacle in New York

VIDEO / Solar storm hits Earth, northern aurora spectacle in New York

A solar storm hit the Earth and brought with it a spectacular display of light which was visible as far south as New York.

This phenomenon comes as the Earth enters a period of increasing solar activity known as the "solar maximum" (solar activity increases and decreases every 11 years.)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned that the storm would be a G2 category event, which is moderately strong.

Solar storms of this magnitude can affect satellites in orbit around the Earth, cause power outages and more.

But they can also ignite a magnificent aurora, a display of natural light commonly seen only in high-latitude regions near the north or south poles.

But the storm was so powerful that it was visible as far south as New York, NOAA reported.

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