The solar max of 2012 will be the brightest since 1958, when Mexico City residents were able to view the aurora borealis on three occasions. Scientists predict the auroras will be visible as far south as Rome, Italy. Icelandic photographer Orvar Thorgiersson has documented the phenomena in pictures since 2007. The picture at left is from 2010 and the best is yet to come in 2012. An article from Mail Online adds a caveat: an increase in charged particles hitting the Earth's magnetosphere, may play havoc with technology!