Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A strong solar storm may bring auroras to your backyard Wednesday

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A burst of hot plasma spit out by the sun is about to slam into the Earth, sparking possible auroras that could be visible in the U.S. from the Midwest to the Northeast.

The plasma — called a coronal mass ejection (CME) — was shot out from the sun during an M5-class flare on Sept. 4. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center is forecasting that the CME will create a strong solar storm that could supercharge auroras, allowing them to be seen in lower latitudes than usual.  Read more...

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