Solar Flare Heading Toward Earth Could Result In Beautiful Sky Show
This is a big solar flare, classified by astronomers as “extreme,” but according to spaceweather.com, it’s barely into that extreme range. Just a few ticks less intense, and it would be ranked in the innocuous “M” (moderate) range.
Nevertheless, this latest solar flare still might be powerful enough for you to see those lovely northern lights tonight, even from latitudes as far south as New York. Will anything else be affected? No, you don’t have to worry about electronics being destroyed, even if you own an Earth-orbiting satellite.
Here’s spaceweather.com’s animated GIF of the solar flare, erupting on Friday:
Thumbnail graphic courtesy NASA
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