A celestial spectacle is on the horizon as Earth prepares to face a solar storm on September 3. According to a report from Spaceweather.com, our planet is in the path of not one, but possibly two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that have the potential to interact with Earth’s atmosphere.
The report explains that the first CME, stemming from a magnetic filament eruption dubbed a “canyon of fire,” left the sun on August 30. While it may be faint, there’s no doubt it’s heading straight for Earth. The second CME, though more potent, is less certain to make direct contact.
While these solar events aren’t expected to cause major disruptions, their combined influence could result in geomagnetic storms. As a result, residents in northern-tier US states such as New York, Minnesota, and Washington may be treated to awe-inspiring auroras, depending on the timing and other factors.
Notably, NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) recently detected a vivid yellow flash emanating from the Sun on September 1.
As NASA explains, solar flares are massive eruptions on the Sun that release energy, light, and high-speed particles into space. These flares are frequently linked to solar magnetic storms known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The frequency of solar flares follows an approximately 11-year cycle.
In other celestial news, NASA’s monthly skywatching tips inform us that a full moon will grace the night sky on September 29. This event marks the fourth and final supermoon of the year.
Furthermore, NASA has embraced the intersection of art and science with the release of a poster celebrating the role of eclipses. The US space agency is sharing these creative works in anticipation of two solar eclipses set to traverse the United States on October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024.