A massive solar flair on Thursday may trigger an impressive northern lights display over the weekend, which may give people as far south as California and Alabama a dazzling show. The solar flare peaked at 12:52 p.m. and was an X-class sun storm, the most powerful type of flare the sun can have and the second major solar storm to erupt from our star in less than one week.
The storm also triggered an eruption of coronal mass ejection (CME) which is headed directly toward Earth at 3 million mph. The solar plasma is expected to hit Earth at 6:20 a.m. on Saturday, plus or minus seven hours, according to NASA researchers.
According to NASA, Thursday's sun storm officially rated as an X1.4-class solar flare, which is more powerful than the X1.1 flare that erupted on July 6. This is the strongest solar storm of the summer so far.
In addition to the magestic display of lights, the CME's arrival will create geomagnetic storms which may cause temporary disruptions to GPS signals, radio communications, and power grids. The outage could last for up to one house.
People will be in for a treat as they view the aurora display, created when charged particles from the sun collide with molecules in the Earth's atmosphere, generating a glow.
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