A solar eclipse a couple of weeks ago, and that giant fireball in the sky over the weekend, certainly have a lot of us looking up recently. There have been some reasonably good videos of that meteor – typically security footage – posted online, and one great dash-cam video that you can see here.
Fasten your seat-belt, because there is more celestial goodness on the horizon. This morning (Wednesday, September 6, 2017) NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, captured 2 X-Class Solar Flares: X2.2 and X9.3 … it’s all very technical sounding, but the bigger the number, the more intense the flare. In fact, this is the most intense flare NASA has recorded in the past decade.
They say solar flares can cause disruptions to electronic communication devices: GPS, cell phones, satellites, etc. but the most interesting part is the Aurora Borealis. Over the next 1 to 4 days, watch the night sky for the northern lights. The space tech nerds are still trying to sort out if the flare’s trajectory will bring it Close enough to the earth to put on a show. If it does, the Aurora will be seen as far south as Ohio and Indiana
I just know that I will be looking up, to see what I can see.
If you can even see the sky through the storms and the smoke from fires, there may be Northern Lights tonight from a HUGE solar flare
— Kit Lane (@kitlane) September 6, 2017
— NASA (@NASA) September 6, 2017
Space weather looks interesting we have just seen a large solar flare from the sun, could be a chance of the northern lights tonight. pic.twitter.com/R0QzfHEBKV
— BBC SW Weather (@BBCSWWeather) September 6, 2017