Auroras seen due to solar flare
the-japan-news.com -- Sep 10
The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has released a video of auroras that are believed to have appeared due to a solar flare - an explosion on the sun's surface - that occurred on Wednesday.

The video was captured on Friday at Showa Station, Japan's research base in Antarctica.

In addition to a green aurora captured in the video, the NICT said a purple aurora was also observed.

"We believe the auroras' colors were affected by strong solar flares," said Mamoru Ishii, director at the NICT's Space Environment Laboratory.

Auroras are seen when charged particles emitted from the sun hit particles in the Earth's atmosphere and produce light in the air.

太陽表面で最大級の爆発現象「フレア」が6日に発生し、8日には地球の磁場が乱れる磁気嵐が観測された。南極の昭和基地では、磁気嵐の影響によるとみられるオーロラが観測された。
News sources: the-japan-news.com, Kyodo
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