M1-Class solar flare, sends CME careening towards Earth

March 16, 2013SPACE A magnetic filament snaking around sunspot AR1692 erupted on March 15th at about 0600 UT. The slow explosion, which took hours to unfold, produced an M1-class solar flare and a bright CME. SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) photographed the expanding cloud, which is heading directly toward Earth: The CME left the sun traveling some 900 km/s (2 million mph). Three-dimensional computer models based on observations from SOHO and NASA’s twin STEREO probes predict the CME will cross the void between sun and Earth in two days or less. NOAA forecasters estimate a 70% chance of polar geomagnetic storms when the cloud arrives on March 17th. This means the sky could turn green on St. Patrick’s Day! High latitude (and possibly even middle latitude) sky watchers should be alert for auroras this weekend. –Space Weather
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4 Responses to M1-Class solar flare, sends CME careening towards Earth

  1. Cerebrotoxin says:

    I find it disconcerting that the residents of Manhattan who live South of Houston track solar flares so intently.


  2. Lady Selene says:

    I feel honored to be alive at a time when ALL this technology allows ME to witness all these Fantastic happens in our Universe!!!


  3. bobby90247 says:

    “…kuel!” Hope we get to see the sky turn “green” here in Southern California!!!


  4. jigfish says:

    I sent my sister a message, she lives central Manitoba Canada to get pictures of the auroras.I would think they would be more colorful than just green at that latitude.


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