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SOLAR STORM Headed for Earth, Saturday, April 13, 2013

Updated on April 15, 2013

Preview at 4:34 p.m., April 12, 2013 ANCHORAGE, Alaska—

NASA says a “spring fling,” or mid-level solar flare will spur the Northern Lights this weekend, April 12 to April 14.  Mid-Level Flare (NASA / April 12, 2013)
NASA says a “spring fling,” or mid-level solar flare will spur the Northern Lights this weekend, April 12 to April 14. Mid-Level Flare (NASA / April 12, 2013) | Source
A strong, medium class solar flare is flung off the Sun in the direction of Earth on April 11, 2013 as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics observatory satellite.
A strong, medium class solar flare is flung off the Sun in the direction of Earth on April 11, 2013 as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics observatory satellite. | Source

What? A Solar Storm?

While out driving today, I was shocked to hear a radio report of a solar storm headed for earth! Actually, I was distracted as I was driving and wasn't quite sure of what I was hearing at first. As I reached to turn the volume up, the announcer stated again that a “solar storm” was due between midnight tonight and dawn!

After I completed my errands, I rushed to research this “news” more deeply. First I looked at the Weather Channel. No news readily available there about any kind of unusual solar activity. Here in Michigan it has been cloudy and rainy since the beginning of the week. All of the local news certainly isn't focused upon any concerns of an abundance of sun.

Suddenly, I see more and more references to the impending event that is possibly happening already in some other part of the world. The first accounting I read about was reported by National Geographic. Click on the link below to view an awesome movie of the beginning of the solar blast the day before yesterday.

A Storm Watchers Dream

Storm watchers have been poised for days preparing for a score of Earth-facing sunspots due to throw massive amounts of plasma and electrically charged particles into the atmosphere. The event is called the Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). NASA is viewing the event from its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) at the Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

During the next few months we will be approaching a period in the eleven year life cycle of the sun called a "solar maximum" where a great deal of solar activity that we will be able to view in the Northern lights. This is a really exciting time for sky-watchers!

AURORAL ROAR: The solar energy behind visual displays like this aurora borealis can be mathematically translated into sound waves, a process known as 'sonification.'
AURORAL ROAR: The solar energy behind visual displays like this aurora borealis can be mathematically translated into sound waves, a process known as 'sonification.' | Source

Solar Storms can be beautiful, but they SOUND like?

Solar Flare Eruption on March 6, 2012

Time Elapsed Aurora from New Zealand (Southern Hemisphere) March 9, 2012

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      rickollie 4 years ago from Michigan

      Absolutely fantastic! Simply amazing for your first piece! Congratulations!!!