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First X-class flare and coronal mass ejection of 2014: Active auroras should be ignited


January 09, 2014
Thursday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - According to NASA, the sun's Jan. 7, 2014, X-class flare was also associated with a coronal mass ejection or CME. Coronal mass ejections are another solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground and make for some nice aurora.

jpg First X-class flare and coronal mass ejection of 2014

This picture combines two images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured on Jan. 7, 2014. Together, the images show the location of a giant sunspot group on the sun, and the position of an X-class flare that erupted at 1:32 p.m. EST.
Photo credit: NASA/SDO image.

Aurora forecasters at the Alaska Geophysical Institute are predicting high auroral activity on January 9th and 10th - active as far as Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska, weather permitting.

In Alaska, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Barrow to Bethel, Dillingham and Ketchikan, and visible low on the horizon from King Salmon, weather permitting.

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