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Severe solar storm triggers rare auroral arc in Ladakh sky

Stable Auroral Arc (SAR), a rare red-coloured aurora, observed at the Hanle Dark Sky Reserve, in Ladakh, on Saturday, May 11, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI A crimson glow lit up the dark sky in parts of Ladakh in a rare stable auroral red arc event at the Hanle Dark Sky Reserve in the high Himalayas due to the strong solar magnetic storms launched towards Earth.The solar storms or coronal mass ejections are from the AR13664 region of the sun that has produced several high energy solar flares, some of which are travelling towards Earth at a speed of 800 km/s, scientists at the Centre of Excellence in Space Sciences in India (CESSI), Kolkata, said.Spectacular auroras or northern lights lit up the skies in the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere as skywatchers from Austria, Germany, S...