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Thornton resident captures images of the northern lights

Sunday, July 15th, 2012 5:05pm MDT

A large solar flare on Thursday was expected to lead to heightened aurora activity this weekend but not as far south as Colorado.  One Thornton resident however appears to have captured images of the northern lights Sunday morning. The images by Justin Whitesel show a purple sky over the city as the geomagnetic storm hits […]

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Geomagnetic storm hits the earth following large solar flare

Saturday, July 14th, 2012 11:00am MDT

The coronal mass ejection (CME) that resulted from the solar flare on Thursday has begun hitting the Earth.  Satellite and terrestrial stations began picking up the increase in geomagnetic activity at around 1:00pm MDT Saturday. The solar flare was a significant one as is the CME however it is not expected to be powerful enough […]

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Space Weather 101: Solar flares and coronal mass ejections

Friday, July 13th, 2012 11:24am MDT

A very large solar flare erupted on the Sun yesterday and the Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is speeding toward the Earth right now.  It is expected to arrive early Saturday morning (4:30am MDT + / – 7 hours) and if you can get away from the city lights, even northern Colorado has a chance to […]

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Stunning solar storm sends massive cloud of plasma into space

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 5:20pm MDT

A massive solar flare was unleashed today by the Sun in an impressive display captured in stunning imagery and video.  These events can be very hazardous to the Earth but NASA said due to the direction of the eruption, we will escape most of its effects. The flare was part of a three-hour long event […]

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Solar flare headed to Earth; Expected to light up the sky in some parts of the nation

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 2:26pm MDT

A large solar flare on Sunday is expected to strike the Earth tonight treating sky watchers in the northern United States to a display of aurorae. The increased activity is being monitored by NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder. The ejection of charged particles from the sun follows a period of relative calm […]

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