NASA says the sun has emitted massive radiation that will hit Earth this weekend, northern lights are expected
A massive solar flare could create dazzling Northern Lights over parts of the United States on Sunday, according to NASA. The space agency said a solar storm erupted on October 28 and sent a vast cloud of charged particles that is expected to reach Earth on Halloween (Sunday, October 31). When these particles hit Earth’s atmosphere, they amplify the normal Northern Lights. Although solar tariffs carry harmful radiation emitted by the Sun, the Sun does not pass through the Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground. However, some intense ones can disturb the atmosphere in which the GPS and communication signals travel.
In a Blog, NASA classified the solar storm as a powerful X1 class eruption. Class X designates the most intense flares. The number provides the intensity. For example, X2 is twice as intense as an X1. NASA also released an image of the Oct. 28 event captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which constantly monitors the Sun. The image showed a bright flash in the lower center of the Sun and extreme ultraviolet light in flares represented by the teal color in the image. As the solar wind is intense, the second most powerful this year, the resulting Northern Lights are expected to be visible from as far south as New York, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon, Maryland and Nevada. “This could be a big show for people in the mid to upper latitudes of the United States for the aurora,” said C Alex Young, associate director at NASA. space.com.
Young said the solar flare accompanied a coronal mass ejection (CME), a huge flare of radiation. “Current estimates for the CME are that it will reach Earth on October 31,” Young added. Seeing auroras can be difficult, especially if you live in a large city filled with street lights and other light pollution. For the best experience, try to get away from the city lights and find the darkest sky possible.