th-2While solar storms are common, these higher category storms are considerably rarer, and in this instance was caused by pure chance. According to the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Association, the storm was the result of two smaller ejections coinciding with a more recent fast-moving one. Combined they created what’s known as a G3 storm, which is categorized as ‘Strong.’ This is out of a rating of five categories with G1 being considered commonplace and G5 being ‘Extreme.’ The resulting storm caused a powerful red aurora that could be seen in parts of North America, the UK and was even captured on video in Australia. Read Article