“Cannibal” solar flares can bring auroras as far south as New York

NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory image of the sun during strong solar flares in August 2022.

The sun has spewed out two plasma clouds in the past two days, which could trigger beautiful aurora displays observable much further south than usual.

both of you coronal mass ejections (CME), eruptions of charged particles from the the sun’s upper atmosphere known as the corona, burst from the sun on August 14 and 15, respectively, according to the UK forecaster Office of the Met (opens in a new tab). As CMEs cross the 900,000 miles (150 million kilometers) distance between the star and our planet, they could cannibalize each other, according to SpaceWeather.com (opens in a new tab)creating a single superpowerful CME.


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