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The current plasma burst from the sun stems from an M5 flare on Monday and is projected to arrive late Wednesday. This probability forecast is based on current solar wind conditions measured at L1, but using a fixed 30-minute delay time between L1 and Earth.
Remember, do not look directly at the Sun while the plasma filament is rupturing the atmosphere.
If the skies are clear on Wednesday night, look up — you may get a chance to see the northern lights. The U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a strong geomagnetic storm watch for late Sept. 6 and 7, which means there's a good chance to see dancing colours across the starry night sky.
originally posted by: Nyiah
M-class flares are nothing to bug out over.
X-class flares on the other hand, might warrant some worry if they're strong enough. You know, like Carrington was.
September 6, 2017 @ 09:25 UTC
Region 2673 just produced a major X2.1 solar flare at approximately 09:10 UTC (Sept 6). This is the first X-Class event to be detected since May 2015. The active region is still in a decent position for Earth directed eruptions. More updates will be provided should a coronal mass ejection (CME) be associated. More to follow. Image courtesy of SDO/AIA.