A solar storm smashes a hole in Earth’s magnetosphere, causing extremely rare pink auroras

The extremely rare pink aurora borealis temporarily filled the sky over Norway after a crack in Earth's magnetosphere allowed the solar wind to penetrate deep into Earth's atmosphere.

(Photo credit: Markus Varik/Greenlander)

An explosion of extremely rare pink aurora borealis lit up the night sky over Norway after a solar storm struck a land It created a hole in the planet’s magnetic field. This breakthrough enabled high-energy solar particles to penetrate the atmosphere deeper than usual, releasing unusual colored lights.

The amazing light show was spotted on November 3 by a tour group led by Marcus Varek, a Northern lights Tour guide from Greenlander Tourism Company (Opens in a new tab) Based near Tromsø in Norway. The vibrant auroras appeared around 6 p.m. local time and lasted about two minutes, Varrick told Live Science in an email.

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