More Solar Flares Comin', Northern Lights Hoppin': Photos

More Solar Flares Comin', Northern Lights Hoppin': Photos

By: 
ICTMN Staff
3/10/12

The sun sent out yet another coronal mass ejection (CME) just before 11 p.m. EST on March 8, which means another possible aurora borealis show on Sunday the 11th, scientists said. This was an M6.3-class solar flare, coming from the same sunspot group, AR1429, that belched plasma and charged particles earlier in the week.

The fanfare isn’t over though. This crop of sunspots is rotating ever so slowly away from Earth and is still very active, the National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Center said on its website on March 9: “Region 1429 remains potent, and subsequent activity is certainly possible.”

Meanwhile the show from Tuesday's flares was destined to continue through the weekend as the solar particles continued enveloping Mother Earth with superb light displays both north and south.

Although the geomagnetic storm from those earlier, stronger flares grew in strength overnight March 8 after coming on weaker than predicted the day before, it still did not pose a threat to Earth’s electrical systems or satellite communications, NASA said.

That double CME “continues to affect the Earth, with the storm peaking at G3 (Strong) levels overnight and into the morning,” the Space Weather Prediction Center said. “This storm is now showing signs of subsiding, but lower levels of activity will still continue throughout the day.”

Here are photos from the northern lights that undulated above Canada and the U.S. after the flares.

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