EcoAlert: Powerful M9-class Solar Flare Erupts –Hurling a Cloud of Plasma Toward Earth

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Today, Earthlings may see exceptional auroras from a strong solar flare that ejected a cloud of plasma toward Earth an Aug. 2, when an intense magnetic event above sunspot 1261 blasted out a flow of charged particles, according to SpaceWeather.com, a website that monitors space weather. The event could unleash a geomagnetic storm here on our planet that might disrupt satellite and radio communications.


Skywatchers at the northern latitudes can expect extra-special aurora borealis displays, from the interaction of these charged particles with Earth's magnetic field.

Image top of page: A powerful M9-class solar flare erupted from the sun at 10:09 p.m. EDT on July 29 (0209 GMT July 30). NASA/SDO

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