Spectacular aurora from high activity on the Sun

The Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) unleashed by active region 1429 initially hit Earth producing amazing displays of aurora like the one shown above over Iceland, photographed by Jónína Óskarsdóttir!

Dr. Alex Young, solar physicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, reported on his blog The Sun Today:



The flare produced a temporary radio blackout as well as a possible Earth directed CME. We will have to wait and see. The sunspot group still shows potential for more activity as the region sits near the central meridian of the Sun. Facing directly at Earth this is a prime location to produce more geo-effective solar activity.

Here is a look at the flare captured by the 131 Angstrom wavelength camera on the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). This shows us the super hot 5-10 million degree plasma produced by the solar flare.

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Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) unleashed by active region 1429

Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) unleashed by active region 1429