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Solar Physics

, Volume 267, Issue 2, pp 431–444 | Cite as

Aurorae Observed at the Canary Islands

  • M. Vázquez
  • J. M. Vaquero
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Abstract

Descriptions of eleven aurorae observed in the Canary Islands during the period 1770 – 2010 have been found in different documents. Most of them are coincident with periods of strong solar activity, with the geomagnetic latitude playing a minor role. Coronal mass ejections are the most probable solar source of these low-latitude events. The absence of low-latitude aurorae is verified in our sample during the Dalton Minimum and the first half of the twentieth century.

Keywords

Aurora borealis Geomagnetic storm Interplanetary magnetic field Solar activity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Astrofísica de CanariasLa LagunaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de AstrofísicaUniversidad de La LagunaLa LagunaSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de FísicaUniversidad de ExtremaduraMéridaSpain
  4. 4.CGUL-IDL, Faculdade de CienciasUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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