This week has been a busy one for solar activity which is great news for any of you lucky enough to be in the far north! On Tuesday 7th January a major coronal mass ejection (CME) was directed towards Earth from sunspot AR1944. The sunspot, one of the largest of this solar cycle, covers an astounding 200,000km of the sun’s surface.
So what can we expect to see? The eruptions reached M7 and X1 class (X being the strongest and M being a close second) and hit the Earth almost directly. This powerful CME means that an incredible amount of solar particles is likely to be entering our atmosphere, greatly increasing the chances of major Auroral activity. It is currently estimated that there is a 90% chance of a geomagnetic storm which should result in spectacular Northern Lights displays. So, for any of you in the far north, keep an eye on the sky tonight!
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