2024 Northern Lights

2024 Northern Lights

Updated May 11, 2024 at 02:58PM EDT by sakshi.

Added May 11, 2024 at 01:47PM EDT by sakshi.

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Overview

2024 Northern Lights refers to auroras that could be seen across Northern Europe, North America, and parts of Australia and New Zealand on May 10th, 2024. Caused by a geomagnetic storm, particles from a sunspot hit the earth's atmosphere and created pink-hued auroras in the sky. Memes and discussions about the event ranged from people commenting on it's beauty, and expressing sadness that they could not witness it.

Background

On May 10th, 2024, the largest geomagnetic storm in nearly two decades hit the earth's atmosphere, creating auroras that could be seen both in the Northern Hemisphere and parts of Australia. The auroras were caused by a sunspot sending charged particles toward earth, resulting in pink-hued lights in the night sky.[1]



Online Reactions

Many internet users posted about missing out on seeing the Northern Lights, including X[2] user @jpbrammer, who wrote, "what it feels like scrolling through northern lights photos as someone who didn’t see them despite being kind and compassionate and deserving" on May 11th, 2024. The post gathered over 25,000 likes in a day (seen below, left).

On May 11th, Instagram[3] page @zeobat posted a meme showing Homer Simpson looking out of place surrounded by many images of the aurora, implying that the poster feels left out of the event. The post gathered over 2,000 likes in a day (seen below, right).


JP @jpbrammer what it feels like scrolling through northern lights photos as someone who didn't see them despite being kind and compassionate and deserving Neb @NebsGoodTakes 19h · Cloverfield (2008) II GIF 7:28 AM - May 11, 2024 - 958K Views ...

Also on May 11th, 9gag[4] user @serwasaustria posted a meme showing Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers soy facing at the Northern Lights, a reference to a line from the Steamed Hams Simpsons gag.



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David M Barnett @davidmbarnett Wow, the Northern Lights were amazing last night, so glad I didn't fall asleep on the sofa and miss it all! ROGELOO 1:50 AM • May 11, 2024 497K Views OL saira @sairaspooks the northern lights were so beautiful last night 10:11 AM • May 11, 2024 41.3K Views ... The Simpsons @Simpsons_tweets Aurora Borealis!? At this time of year, at this time of day, in this part of the country? #solarstorm #auroraborealis Last edited 5:09 PM May 10, 2024 1.2M Views maya hawke supreme delight @raulapaya with all due respect, what have british people done to deserve to see the northern lights 6:20 AM - May 11, 2024 923.5K Views

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[1] YouTube – News9 Live

[2] X – jpbrammer

[3] Instagram – zeobat

[4]  9gag – serwasaustria

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