Northern Lights lit up skies in parts of UK, Europe and US

10:25 PM | 11 May, 2024
Northern Lights lit up skies in parts of UK, Europe and US
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A powerful solar storm ignited the skies with the mesmerizing spectacle of the Northern Lights across regions of the UK, Europe and the US on Friday night.

The captivating phenomenon, known as the aurora borealis, graced not only the British capital but also other major cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

Rare sightings were reported in countries like the Czech Republic and Germany, courtesy of a severe solar storm that struck the Earth’s atmosphere.

The Northern Lights' visibility surged on Friday due to an "extreme" geomagnetic storm, as confirmed by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This intense G5 geomagnetic storm, the highest level of its kind, made landfall on Thursday, potentially impacting communications, GPS systems, and power grids, according to the NOAA.

The storm's origins lie in a "large, complex" sunspot cluster, stretching 17 times the diameter of Earth. The last G5-rated storm hit Earth in October 2003, causing power disruptions in Sweden.

The NOAA noted that the lights were observable as far south as Alabama and southern California in the US.

Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon expressed optimism on Friday regarding the chances of witnessing the Northern Lights. He emphasized that while shorter nights might limit visibility, there was a promising opportunity, particularly on Friday night, especially in Scotland, Ireland, and parts of northern England and Wales.

He added, "There could even be visibility further south if you have the right equipment."

These favorable conditions could extend into Saturday night, with the combination of clear skies and heightened solar activity enhancing the chances of observing the display.

Numerous breathtaking sightings captured on camera across the UK highlight the awe-inspiring nature of this celestial event.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 28, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.25 for selling.

Euro stands at 298 for buying and 301 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal increased to 73.45.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.25
Euro EUR 298 301
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.03 748.03
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.42 38.82
Danish Krone DKK 40.44 40.84
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.62 35.97
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 904.07 913.07
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.05 59.65
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.6 7.75


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