Extremely rare pink auroras temporarily filled the skies above Norway after a crack in the Earth

A solar storm punches a hole in Earth’s magnetosphere, triggering extremely rare pink auroras

Extremely rare pink auroras have temporarily filled the skies over Norway after a crack in Earth's magnetosphere allowed solar wind to penetrate deep into Earth's atmosphere.

(Image credit: Markus Varik/Greenlander)

A burst of extremely rare pink auroras recently lit up the night sky over Norway after a solar storm hit Earth and punched a hole in the planet’s magnetic field. The breach allowed highly energetic solar particles to penetrate deeper into the atmosphere than normal, triggering unusual colored lights.

The magnificent light show was spotted on November 3 by a tour group led by Markus Varik, a northern Lights tourist guide of Greenlandic travel agency (opens in a new tab) based near Tromsø in Norway. Vibrant auroras emerged around 6 p.m. local time and lasted about 2 minutes, Varik told Live Science in an email.

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