Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013
A coronal mass ejection hit Earth’s magnetic field on Jan. 19th at approximately 17:15 UT. The weak impact did not trigger a full-fledged geomagnetic storm, but it did illuminate the Arctic Circle with auroras. Frank Olsen photographed the display from a beach in Sortland, Norway; scroll past his picture to learn about the glittering lights in the sand:
The lights in the sand are bioluminescent dinoflagellates, a type of naturally glowing microbe. “To my surprise, I found these guys floating around on the beach tonight,” says Olsen. “They looked great together with the auroras in the sky.”
There is an interesting link between the auroras and the dinoflagellates. Both use oxygen to create their glow. In the case of the marine organism, a chemical pigment (luciferin) reacts with oxygen to create light. Meanwhile up in the sky, charged particles from the solar wind rain down on the atmosphere, colliding with oxygen molecules to create the telltale green hue of auroras.
More lights are possible tonight. NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of polar geomagnetic storms as Earth passes through the wake of the CME.
Rennison’s Comment: When I read this article, I had the strange idea that the bioluminescent dinoflagellates were being delivered by the solar wind…. I have commented before and have provided the standard scientific explanations and my opinion that the increase in red tide/bioluminescent waters was down to an electromagnetic interactions between the Earth’s atmosphere and marine organisms… Today, the idea that charged particles in the solar wind are somehow part of the chemical reaction creating bioluminsecent waters struck me…. My second thought was the possibility of organisms floating at the top of the Earth’s atmosphere are the catalyst as they being brought down to the Earth’s surface (the geophysical aspects have been mentioned elsewhere). I think I have a right to speculate because scientists do not fully understand the process of bioluminescence and it is becoming increasingly obvious that something new and strange is going on…. So, is the increasing transformation of Earth’s waters, the signal for the arrival of a new Earth?