As we’ve previously explained, Sunspot Cycle 25 is likely underway and could be super active. Last week, one of the strongest solar explosions in a couple of years, measured as an M4.4-category eruption, was recorded. Now there’s a new warning, of an imminent geomagnetic storm.
Readers in some northern parts of the U.S. could see Northern Lights, from Wednesday night through Friday, produced by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).
“Geomagnetic Storm Watches are in effect from December 9th – 11th, 2020 due to anticipated CME effects,” read a statement on NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center.
“It’s coming. A coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading for Earth, and geomagnetic storms are possible when it arrives later today or tomorrow. NOAA forecasters expect the most intense disturbances to occur on Dec. 10th with peak storm levels near category G3. If that happens, auroras could be sighted in the USA in states as far south as, e.g., Illinois and Oregon,” said Spaceweather.com.
If you’re curious, here’s how Northern Lights are produced.
As forecast show, Sunspot Cycle 25 could result in a lot of solar activity over the coming years – allowing Northern Lights to light up the sky as charged particles from the sun strike the Earth’s atmosphere.