Mumbai: climate, natural phenomenon

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“ Northern Lights”


May 7, 2023: The Times of India

Quite amazingly, northern lights seem to have appeared in skies over Mumbai (then Bombay) during an intense geomagnetic storm in 1872. In a paper, Chanchal Uberoi, retired professor of mathematics at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, quotes from The Times of India dated February 6, 1872, that reported this unprecedented spectacle. “Will it surprise our readers to learn that the Aurora Borealis was plainly visible in Bombay Sunday last?. . . After sunset on Sunday, the aurora was slightly visible, and constantly kept changing colour, becoming deeply violet, when it was intense about 3 o’clock on Monday morning. It was distinctly visible until sunrise on Monday. . . All telegraphic communication was stopped for some hours,” the report stated.

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