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Sunspot flares could mean brilliant light show on Earth


This year has been stellar for cosmic events, from a visible supernova to a near-miss asteroid, and the Northern Lights have been no exception, dancing in the skies as far south as Georgia. Scientists even say there could be more to come thanks to some hot sunspot action.

The huge sunspot shot five M-class solar flares – the second strongest variety – into space since Saturday, and if a coronal mass ejection accompanies more such flares while the sunspot is facing Earth around midweek, it could take as little as eighteen hours to light up the night and likely interrupt communications.

Keep track of the sunspot’s activity with AccuWeather updates and keep your fingers crossed that it’s not cloudy.

Full story at SpaceWeather.com via Scientific American.

The beauty of space.

Photo credit: NASA

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