NASA says the sun is emitting massive radiation this weekend that will hit Earth this weekend, expecting northern lights

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According to NASA, a massive solar flare on Sunday could create blinding northern lights over parts of the United States. The space agency said a solar storm broke out on October 28 and sent a huge cloud of charged particles that was supposed to reach Earth on Halloween (Sunday October 31). When these particles hit the Earth’s atmosphere, they amplify the normal northern lights. Although solar tariffs contain harmful radiation from the sun, it does not penetrate the earth’s atmosphere to physically affect people on the ground. However, some intense ones can disrupt the atmosphere in which GPS and communication signals are transmitted.

In a blog, NASA classified the solar storm as a powerful X1-class flare. X class denotes the most intense flares. The number indicates the intensity. For example, X2 is twice as intense as X1. NASA also released a picture of the October 28th event captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is constantly observing the sun. The picture showed a bright flash in the lower center of the sun and extreme ultraviolet light in flares, represented by the blue-green color in the picture. Since the solar wind is intense, the second strongest this year, the resulting northern lights should be visible from as far south as New York, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon, Maryland, and Nevada. “This could be a great show for people in the middle to upper latitudes of the United States for auroras,” C Alex Young, an associate director at NASA, told space.com.

Young said the solar flare was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME), a huge burst of radiation. “Current estimates for the CME are that it will hit Earth on October 31,” added Young. It can be difficult to see northern lights, especially if you live in a big city full of street lights and other light pollution, away from the city lights and finding the darkest sky possible.

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