Voorhees resident captures Northern Lights in photo

Kimberly Farrell, a recent graduate of Eastern High School and a resident of Voorhees, shot this image of the illuminated sky above the Sturbridge Lakes development.

In a rare celestial event, Earth experienced a powerful G5 solar storm this month, marking the first occurrence of such intensity since 2003.

Traveling at speeds of up to three million miles per hour, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) surged toward Earth, producing a prolonged geomagnetic storm that peaked on May 10.

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The G5 rating – the highest on the geomagnetic storm scale – indicates the storm’s formidable strength. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned of potential widespread voltage control and protective system issues, with the possibility of grid systems facing collapse or blackouts and transformers being damaged.

But the solar storm went beyond technological concerns with a breathtaking display of the Northern Lights, shimmering curtains of brightness that typically grace the polar skies but were unusually visible on the 10th at lower latitudes, including the Equator.

Kimberly Farrell of Voorhees, a recent graduate of Eastern High School and now a college student, seized the opportunity to capture the celestial spectacle and shared her experience of photographing the spectacle at 1:13 a.m. on May 22 as it illuminated the skies above the Sturbridge Lakes development.

Farrell wants her image – a depiction of awe-inspiring beauty and nature’s cosmic ballet – to serve as a compelling visual narrative for possible publication.

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