Our best reader photos of 2024’s biggest display of aurorae


The most spectacular auroral storm in over two decades swept over Earth last weekend — and our readers were there to capture it.

The geomagnetic storm that struck Earth on May 10 was the strongest in 21 years — exceeding forecasts and bringing the spectacle of the aurora borealis south (and the aurora australis north) to millions of people who had the chance to see it for the first time.

A lot has changed since 2003, the last time Earth experienced a solar storm as strong as this one. One profound difference is that most of us now walk around with cameras in our pockets good enough to take pictures of aurorae. For the first time in human history, we were all able to see, capture, and share our views of this natural wonder in real time.

Astronomy readers sent us photos from all around the world — and here are some of our favorites.

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