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Aurorae Observed at the Canary Islands

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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.

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Vázquez, M., Vaquero, J.M. Aurorae Observed at the Canary Islands. Sol Phys 267, 431–444 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11207-010-9650-0

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Keywords

  • Aurora borealis
  • Geomagnetic storm
  • Interplanetary magnetic field
  • Solar activity