Largest solar flare in four years headed for Earth

By The Associated Press

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights after the sun erupted balls of plasma earlier this week have a slim chance, according to a space scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The sun spewed three large balls of plasma, or Coronal Mass Ejections, on Sunday and Monday, Joe Kunches said, and the CMEs are headed toward Earth.
“These things will take their own sweet time,” he said. “The Earth’s magnetic field is going to take three whacks.”
The CMEs are due to hit the planet at any moment, he said, and the effects of the magnetic storm they cause can result in the Northern Lights moving south, giving the Northeast a slim chance at seeing an aurora borealis.
The CMEs can also cause communications and GPS devices to malfunction, he said.
— Dayelin Roman

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