The internet erupted with this wild claim about the historic aurora borealis

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Unless you had terrible cloud coverage, there is a good chance you saw an aurora last week.

While the phenomenon is relatively normal, the light show reached a record number of Americans.

And the internet erupted with this wild claim about the historic aurora borealis.

Stunning Northern Lights were visible in Key Largo over the weekend

Last week, the world experienced something that hadn’t been seen in nearly 20 years.

An X5 class solar flare created a geomagnetic storm that triggered a warning across the United States and much of the world.

The storm threatened to knock power stations out, take down GPS systems, and make communications obsolete.

Instead, there was a low-latitude aurora event that left everyone in awe.

The stunning light show was captured by viewers as far south as San Diego and the Florida Keys.

“Northern Lights RIGHT NOW over #KeyLargo Florida, this is insane to see the Aurora Borealis so far south!” one X user wrote.

But while some people were taking in the beauty of the amazing event, others were questioning it.

The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) began trending online.

Social media erupts with concerns over “fake Northern Lights”

Leading Report journalist and social media influencer, Patrick Webb, led the charge against the University of Alaska program on Saturday.

“BREAKING: HAARP conducted tests from May 8-10 which involved transmitting high-frequency radio waves into the upper atmosphere,” he said.

Webb suggested that HAARP was responsible for “causing the ionosphere to emit light, creating an artificial glow, just prior to the Aurora Borealis.”

Other users recognized that HAARP was trending and decided to jump in on the conversation.

One account said that people should be aware of all the locations of HAARP installations.

“Hope you guys enjoyed those totally natural ‘Northern Lights,” he wrote.

The conversation online sparked concerns that the program was able to create “fake Northern Lights.”

But not everyone was buying into the theory that the auroral event was manufactured.

HAARP was “operating at a fraction of full power”

Ben Davidson, the founder of Space Weather News, weighed in on the topic.

“Good afternoon, folks, we’ve got a recurring bout of foolishness sweeping the internet and it is once again all about HAARP,” he said.

Davidson called HAARP “the most overrated conspiracy on Earth.”

Pointing to the announcement by the University of Alaska, Davidson explained that during the test, HAARP was “operating at a fraction of full power from the 8th to the 10th.”

The solar researcher added that the visual effects of the HAARP test only lasted a few minutes while people observed the auroras for hours.

Davidson said that even if it was at full power, it wouldn’t have done much.

“I have seen them blast that thing at full power and literally nothing happens. It’s been operating regularly all the time and has been all year,” he said.

Davidson explained that even if HAARP could create auroras, it would take a lot more energy to produce the low-latitude event experienced in America over the weekend.

“The amount of power that came into the system from the Sun during that event was more than what humanity uses in a whole month,” he said.

Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.