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SOLAR STORM Headed for Earth, Saturday, April 13, 2013
Preview at 4:34 p.m., April 12, 2013 ANCHORAGE, Alaska—
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.
Movie of April 11th Solar Blast
- Solar Storm Heading Towards Earth - National Geographic
NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured this movie of a large solar blast emerging from the Sun’s surface on April 11, 2013. The fast moving CME cloud is seen passing in front of Mars and brighter Venus on the left side of the frame
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!
Your Front Row View from Goddard Space Center - Solar Dynamics Observatory
- NASA - Goddard Space Center - Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
SDO is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.
See Where Aurora Storm is Now!!!
- Aurora Forecast | Geophysical Institute
Using the tool provided by the Geophysical Institute, see if your location will allow you to see the Aurora Blasts now.....