Solar Flare 2011 could cause a Light Show! This would make for some fun family time! The sun unleashed its strongest solar flare in four years hurling a massive wave of charged particles from electrified gas into space and toward Earth. The solar storm sent a flash of radiation that hit Earth in a matter of minutes; a huge cloud of charged particles headed our way. These “coronal mass ejections,” as they are called, typically take around 24 hours or more to arrive. They can spark spectacular displays of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, at high latitudes and sometimes even into the northern United States. It has been the largest flare since Dec 6, 2006. The disturbance can create a geomagnetic storm in Earth’s magnetic field.
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