News Aurora Anomaly? Demystifying The Blood-Red Skies Over Mongolia And Japan

Aurora Anomaly? Demystifying The Blood-Red Skies Over Mongolia And Japan

Three geomagnetic storms resulted in the most robust red aurora displays in the skies over Japan and Mongolia.


By Priyaja Bakshi Published on Dec 07, 2023, 10:00 AM

Aurora Anomaly? Demystifying The Blood-Red Skies Over Mongolia And Japan
Image credit: Bileg/X

Mongolia and Japan recently encountered a rare phenomenon that draped portions of these countries in blood-red skies. Although this peculiar natural occurrence may appear eerie and unsettling, the rationale behind the “red aurora” is not what one might anticipate.

While Mongolia is lovingly known as the “Land of the Blue Sky” and Japan as the “Land of the Rising Sun”, an unusual event unfolded as the skies turned red due to a rare red aurora. This may sound surprising, given our familiarity with the myriad blue, green, and violet skies associated with the Aurora Borealis, which commonly graces nations like Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

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The aurora is a natural light display that occurs at night along the Earth’s poles due to the interaction between solar storms and the atmosphere. Solar storms disrupt the magnetosphere, and the resulting charged particles manifest as auroras. This celestial event unfolds at extremely high altitudes in the sky, where the atmosphere is thin.

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On December 1-2, three geomagnetic storms transpired, leading to the most robust aurora displays in the southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. The red auroras are associated with the collision of solar particles with oxygen at higher altitudes. Due to the lower density of oxygen at great heights, collisions are infrequent, resulting in red auroras. Reports indicate that the red aurora was visible to the naked eye in Hokkaido, Japan, and parts of Mongolia.

The aurora can manifest in various hues, including green, violet, blue, yellow, pink, and red, with red being the rarest colour. The intensity of the geomagnetic storm caused by solar winds determines the likelihood of witnessing the red aurora. When the aurora occurs in the North, it is termed Aurora Borealis; in the South, it is referred to as Aurora Australis.

(Feature image credit: Bileg/X)

Related: Here are the 12 best places around the world to see the Northern Lights.

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Priyaja Bakshi

Priyaja Bakshi

Priyaja took her love for reading to the next level by majoring in English and minoring in Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College For Women (DU). She is extremely curious about the world and wishes to visit all the countries once in her life. She identifies as a foodie and loves to spend her free time exploring different cuisine and curating new dishes. ..Read More

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