No the end of the world is not coming but yes there is certainly quite a solar storm heading our way on Earth. The largest solar flare in 5 years to directly hit the Earth is gracing our skies starting yesterday and will be back tonight. This Thursday March 8th, 2012 the solar flare 2012 will be visible in parts of the US.
The most visible place is always Alaska for US territory and there will be no exception tonight. The Anchorage Daily News released information that “The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute is forecasting extreme Northern Lights activity because of two exceptionally large solar flares that occurred Tuesday.”
Don’t worry though, if you’re in other parts of the United States in the Northern states you’ll have a good chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis, which is the scientific name. Many people call the Aurora the Northern Lights. Northern news stations have mentioned in Philadelphia, New York, Michigan and more. It’s actually pretty rare for people even in mid-Michigan to see the Aurora Borealis but it’s expected to extend into the Great Lakes region and further south.
There weren’t solar flares today that were directed at Earth but on Tuesday there were two major solar flares (X-class flares) that erupted towards Earth and started making their way to a atmosphere. The light show of Northern Lights is caused when the particles from the sun slam into Earth’s magnetic field and light up and a charge of energy.
So how do you know where you can see the Northern Lights? You can actually pinpoint your geomagnetic latitude location using NOAA’s SWPC map that will show you whether you’re in the sweet spot which is as far south as 56.3 degrees. There are numerous Aurora forecasting tools and a few searches should help you to pinpoint other locations.
One guaranteed spot you can see the 2012 solar flares hitting Earth’s atmosphere is in the videos below that we’re providing. Full footage of the Aurora Borealis is below from different locations in the world from the massive solar flares we’re getting due to the approach of the Solar Maximum.
One of the other videos we are providing is provided by NASA so that you can see the sun actually producing the 2012 solar storm heading towards our Earth. NASA describes the video as, “This movie of the March 6, 2012 X5.4 flare was captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in the 171 Angstrom wavelength. One of the most dramatic features is the way the entire surface of the sun seems to ripple with the force of the eruption. This movement comes from something called EIT waves – because they were first discovered with the Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) on the Solar Heliospheric Observatory. Since SDO captures images every 12 seconds, it has been able to map the full evolution of these waves and confirm that they can travel across the full breadth of the sun. The waves move at over a million miles per hour, zipping from one side of the sun to the other in about an hour. The movie shows two distinct waves. The first seems to spread in all directions; the second is narrower, moving toward the southeast. Such waves are associated with, and perhaps trigger, fast coronal mass ejections, so it is likely that each one is connected to one of the two CMEs that erupted on March 6. Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA”
Other articles on Z6Mag.com:
March 6th, 2012 X5.4 Solar Flares
This next video is titled: NASA | The Truth about 2012 – Solar Storms
March 7th, 2012 Aurora Borealis in Alaska
The following video is a full high definition video of Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October,2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km. All credit goes to them.Solar Flare 2012 Will Produce Northern Lights in US,