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May 12, 2024 12:44 PM

US space weather agency tracks ‘extreme’ conditions linked to increased aurora borealis sightings

A U.S. government agency that monitors solar activity warned on Saturday (May 11) that the biggest geomagnetic storm to hit the Earth in two decades would continue through Sunday - posing risks to radio, GPS and satellite communications and bringing the aurora borealis to areas unaccustomed to the celestial light show. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) described the event as “extreme” and said the last event of a similar scale occurred in October 2003, when electric...

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