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Space.Com: Powerful Solar Wind From Hole In The Sun Pumps Up Auroras

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A massive "hole" on the surface of the sun has unleashed a strong solar wind that scientists say may amp up the northern lights in some areas of the U.S. and could disrupt satellite communications over the next few days.


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday April 11, 2018, 4:04 pm
Data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory revealed a vast region where the sun's magnetic field has opened up, creating a gap in the sun's outer atmosphere, called the corona. This region, also known as a coronal hole, allows charged particles to escape and flow toward Earth in an increased solar wind. As a result, the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a geomagnetic storm watch for today and tomorrow (April 10 and 11).

"Arriving some hours earlier than expected, a stream of fast-moving solar wind has reached Earth," according to, which regularly monitors space weather. "The gaseous material is flowing from a wide hole in the sun's atmosphere, and could engulf our planet for several days."

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Kathleen M (210)
Wednesday April 11, 2018, 4:19 pm
Totally wicked cool! Thx for sharing Fiona.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday April 11, 2018, 8:47 pm
Wow...amazing. Thanks Fiona

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