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OK. Wow. I was pretty proud of my sunspot efforts until I saw this. Always good to have something to aim for, I guess.

Via jtotheizzoe:

City of (Sunspot) Lights

Sunspot AR1476 (photographed above over the Eiffel Tower) has been monitored all week, as the Jupiter-sized coronal “active region” has been pointed squarely at Earth, ready to release a wave of magnetic energy in the form of a solar flare or coronal mass ejection. Last night, a CME was detected, racing toward Earth at over 1,000 km/s.

This awesome animation from the Goddard Space Weather Lab demonstrates the forecasted wave and glancing blow we await on Earth (we aren’t in any danger, but satellites may be disrupted):

Above, the sunspot is photographed Thursday evening over the Eiffel Tower by VegaStar Carpentier.

( SpaceWeather.com)

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Author: Rogan Tinsley

Biology, science and maths teacher with a PhD in Neuroscience and passion for education.

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