High energy particles spewing from a hole in the sun’s atmosphere will make the aurora borealis particularly magnificent this week.
The Northern Lights are slated to be especially dramatic this week thanks to a spew of charged particles pouring out of a hole in the sun’s outer atmosphere. The aurora borealis will be most active on Monday, November 2, with the spectacle potentially visible low on the horizon as far south as Oklahoma City, OK and Raleigh, NC. Farther north, more dramatic displays will be visible, weather permitting, with potential shows continuing throughout the week.
A spot in the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, has a much lower density of plasma than the surrounding area. This creates an area known as a “coronal hole.” Magnetic field lines are open in this gap, allowing solar wind particles to flow out into space.