A solar storm hits Earth this week, pushing northern lights south

Smacking us right in the magnetosphere, it could make the aurora visible to millions more people than normal.

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After a prolonged quiet period, the sun let off an explosion Wednesday when a new sunspot fired a small solar flare lasting over an hour.

The high-energy blast caused disruptions for some radio operators in Europe and Africa, but it was accompanied by a slower-moving, massive cloud of charged particles known as a coronal mass ejection (CME) that will deliver Earth a glancing blow this weekend.

All those particles colliding with Earth’s magnetic field could turn up the range and the intensity of the aurora, also known as the northern and southern lights.

More: https://www.cnet.com/news/a-solar-storm-hits-earth-this-week-pushing-northern-lights-south/