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Solar Flare Could Create Northern Lights

Learn guitar chords for FREE through our new game Chord Master: Like us on Facebook! Visit the official Mahalo page: Skywatchers in the Earth's northern regions may be treated to a dazzling aurora display tonight June 8, 2011 and tomorrow, June 9. A huge solar flare unleashed on Tuesday June 7 has spewed a massive amount of particles into space (known as a coronal mass ejection, or CME). This eruption could lead to extra-luminous aurora displays throughout the northern hemisphere over the next two nights. Observers in Europe and North America may be able to see a greenish-white arc or band of light near the horizon of the northern sky, according to the Space Environment Laboratory in Colorado. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory monitored the flare, and space weather experts have said that the medium-class sun storm should not pose significant danger to satellites or Earth. For anyone concerned about the potential radiation that occurs from a solar flare of this magnitude, the Atlantic Wire reports that because of the sun's current positioning, the radiation should not have a harmful effect when it reaches Earth Wednesday or Thursday. Sources:
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