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A massive geomagnetic storm disrupts navigation and telegraphy around the globe

Astronomy, iconic image
09/01/1859 to 09/02/1859
One of the most spectacular magnetic storms of the nineteenth century took place from August 28 to September 7, 1859. The storm was at its most intense during the first two days of September. Magnetic compasses were rendered useless, arcing in telegraph wires disrupted communications and caused numerous fires in Europe and the United States, and the "Northern Lights" were seen as far south as Rome and Hawaii. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Willie Soon, Steven H. Yaskell, The Maunder Minimum and the Variable Sun-Earth Connection (London: World Scientific Publishing Company, 2003), 90-92.
G.S. Lakhina, et al, "Research on Historical Records of Geomagnetic Storms," Coronal and Stellar Mass Ejections: Proceedings of the 226th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union Held in Beijing, China, September 13-17, 2004 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 4-6.

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