How were the May 2024 solar storms featured in Wikimedia projects?

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Aurora Borealis visible from Sylvania, Ohio (MultiEditor03, CC BY-SA 4.0)

The internet world has been full of colorful and unique frames for a few days. The solar storms and explosions on the Sun on May 10, 2024, caused visual feasts and memories that people in a large part of the world will never forget. So, how was this very interesting, exciting, and intriguing event reflected in Wikimedia projects?


The first article about the storms was opened by the User:UpEpSilon on the English Wikipedia on May 10, 2024.

May 2024 solar storms article on English Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

As of May 13, 2024 (16:08 UTC+3), articles about the incident have been opened in 17 different Wikipedia versions. I hope the number of articles opened until I publish this article increases. Because, as I said above, such an interesting, exciting, and rare event should be included in every Wikipedia version!

Wikimedia Commons

Here’s the most exciting part! We are fortunate because there are now many photos of these solar storms on Wikimedia Commons, which can be considered a digital heritage to the future! As of May 13, 2024 (16:08 UTC+3), a total of 267 photos from 18 countries have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. If you wish, you can access the relevant categories from this link.

I would like to share with you a few photos of the auroras, also known as the northern lights, created by these solar storms.

With love to all our users who documented this unique natural phenomenon and added it to the internet heritage with free licenses!

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