The Northern Lights make a rare return to Region 8 - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

The Northern Lights make a rare return to Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Stargazers were treated to a light show earlier this past week.

A faint, yet breathtaking red glow danced on the northern horizon Monday evening.

The aurora borealis, more commonly known as the northern lights, only reach this far south once every decade.

The red curtain-like hues shown in this dramatic time lapse video are caused when electrons from incoming solar wind hit particles of oxygen over 150 miles high in the magnetosphere.

These solar storms release energy that travels through space at 500 miles per second, or one million miles an hour.

This solar wind can wreak havoc on orbiting communication satellites as it reaches our atmosphere, but there is little health concern for people.

If you missed these northern lights, don't worry, because there could be more in the near future.

The solar cycle is expected to reach the maximum by the beginning of 2012.

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Man arrested for failing to register as sex offender

    Man arrested for failing to register as sex offender

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 3:02 PM EST2018-01-23 20:02:29 GMT
    Terry Curry (Source: Pemiscot Co Jail via Vinelink)Terry Curry (Source: Pemiscot Co Jail via Vinelink)

    A Steele man was arrested Monday after police say he failed to register as a sex offender. 

    A Steele man was arrested Monday after police say he failed to register as a sex offender. 

  • Man arrested for rape, sexual assault

    Man arrested for rape, sexual assault

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 1:58 PM EST2018-01-23 18:58:48 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 2:57 PM EST2018-01-23 19:57:33 GMT

    A man in Greene County is behind bars accused of raping a teenage girl.

    A man in Greene County is behind bars accused of raping a teenage girl.

  • Arkansas man sentenced in WWII veteran's death

    Arkansas man sentenced in WWII veteran's death

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 2:45 PM EST2018-01-23 19:45:39 GMT
    Tommy Trosper (Source: White County Sheriff's Department Facebook Page)Tommy Trosper (Source: White County Sheriff's Department Facebook Page)

    A northeast Arkansas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of an elderly World War II veteran.

    A northeast Arkansas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of an elderly World War II veteran.

Powered by Frankly