Sun spot creates colorful skies for our northern neighbors

September 12, 2014 3:32 PM

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Sun spot creates colorful skies for our northern neighbors

A sunspot roughly five times as wide as the Earth erupted twice this week into a solar flare sending coronal mass ejections (CMEs) our way.

The solar flares peaked at 1:48 p.m. EDT on Wednesday causing some disruption in high frequency radio communications for about an hour. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft observed the CME escaping the sun’s atmosphere at speeds up to 3,750 km/s (2,330...

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