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  • Now to the huge solar storm hitting the Earth's atmosphere.

  • It's millions of miles away, but the eruptions on the sun are bringing the northern lights to regions that rarely see them all over the world.

  • But if you miss this magical phenomena, you might get lucky tonight.

  • CBS's Michael George in New York has his eyes on the sky.

  • Michael.

  • Well, Robert, quite a show last night, and it's not over yet.

  • But as beautiful as the northern lights are, with a solar storm this large, it has the power to affect things here on Earth, from the power grid to the GPS on your phone.

  • Oh my God, I was not expecting that.

  • Breathtaking otherworldly images from Canada, Ukraine, Switzerland, and England.

  • And across much of the U.S., people witness streaks of pink and purple and green as far south as Florida.

  • Wow.

  • Sean Dahl, Senior Space Weather Forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains what we're seeing in the skies.

  • The auroras, when we get energized particles that have left the sun in more quantities than usual, and they interact with Earth's magnetic barrier.

  • Astrophysicist Noor Rawafi says this is the biggest geomagnetic storm in more than 20 years.

  • This one is pretty large.

  • I think it's pretty extreme.

  • It's so large, it can temporarily disrupt satellites we rely on for communication and navigation, like GPS.

  • Elon Musk's Starlink satellites are reporting degraded service.

  • Most of us have GPS on our phones.

  • Is that something that could potentially be disrupted?

  • Yes, it could, because most of our phones are single-frequency GPS systems.

  • Aurora Borealis can even impact our power grid and cause blackouts, but utility companies took precautions.

  • It seems this time around, certain steps were taken.

  • Now, if you didn't get a chance to see Aurora last night, you still have one more shot tonight.

  • Now, it is weather-dependent, but experts say your best shot is between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

  • Robert?

  • Michael, thank you.

Now to the huge solar storm hitting the Earth's atmosphere.

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