A contemporary news wire story carried a Canadian telegraph company's story about the storm's impact. "So completely were the wires under the influence of the Aurora Borealis, it was found utterly impossible to communicate between the telegraph stations, and the line had to be closed. The same difficulties prevailed as far South as Washington," it said.
The CME that struck the earth in 1859 may have traveled the 93 million mile distance from the Sun in as little as little as 15 or 17 hours. By contrast, the latest storms will take some 40 hours or more.
Aurora Borealis are expected to be visible Friday night, if you live in New England, the northern states to Washington Oregon, and away from the bright city lights.
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