Friday, August 6, 2010

Solar flare created August 4 northern lights show

A solar tsunami could be hitting Tuesday night for everyone willing to stay up and watch it. Earth saw some particles of sun start flying towards it after an explosion occurred on the sun. Solar flares cause solar tsunamis by making a rippling across the surface of the sun. The solar flare may very well hurt numerous NASA satellites during the process. This will create a display of northern lights that is magical. Post resource – Massive solar flare will ignite big northern lights show Aug. 4 by Personal Money Store.

Solar tsunami occurs after solar flare

The solar flare erupted Sunday morning. The explosion caused a massive solar tsunami across the sun’s surface and blasted a giant wave of ionized atoms on a collision course with Earth’s magnetic field. The solar flame might hit tonight making for a rare northern lights display and geomagnetic storm, reports Fox News. There is a possibility of satellites getting hurt but it probably won’t happen.

STEREO records tsunami

NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) has said the solar flames do exist. Wired reports that STEREO is two spacecraft pointing at the sun. One spacecraft flies ahead of Earth in its orbit and one flies behind. The tandem produces a stereoscopic image of the sun that presents a three-dimensional view. In February 2009 STEREO confirmed that the solar tsunami was not the shadow of a solar flare, but a 60,000-mile-high wave of super-hot plasma and magnetism blazing across the sun’s surface at 560,000 mph (see video below).

Rare solar flare on Sunday

Sunday’s solar flare (see second video) is a rare space weather event. Solar flares on the sun launched to Earth at about the very same time as outlined by Telegraph. The first eruption was a very large one that ended up screwing up the Sun’s magnetic atmosphere making conditions for the second eruption very good, Dr Lucie Green told the Telegraph. The only thing Earth will see from this is a geomagnetic storm along with some quite awesome northern lights.

Northern lights

When the solar flares hit the Earth Tuesday, charged particles from the sun will hit the oxygen and nitrogen in the Earth’s upper atmosphere to produce the northern lights. Small bursts of energy look like light as the particles hit, reports GMTV. The color depends on what kind of gas is exploding. Oxygen emits either a greenish-yellow or a red light, when nitrogen gives off a blue light. Also seen often is purple, white and pink within these other colors.

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