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The Sun erupted with a modest (C-7) flare and coronal mass ejection (June 21, 2011) that was aimed pretty much right towards Earth. In these composite images and movies, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) observed the burst and ensuing coronal loops (that look like an uncoiling Slinky) in extreme ultraviolet light. SOHO's C2 coronagraph captured the expanding particle cloud that expanded in all directions like a faint halo around the Sun. The movie shows about 12 hours of activity. Estimates predicted that the particle cloud might mildly impact Earth a few days later, which could perhaps generate some nice aurora at higher latitudes.
Originally posted by ZombieJesus
reply to post by Leyla
As for the flare, it has already come an gone, and the most it did with our atmosphere was give a nice show up North. Nothing to worry about though.
ETA: This was a C class flare, we don't need to start worrying till we get to high M and X class flares, with the most noticeable damage being radio blackouts and radiation storms.edit on 1-7-2011 by ZombieJesus because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Leyla
reply to post by Eurisko2012
Oh boy yeah that's what I had too, but it will happen by emp knocking out all the electricity.