And so it begins.. 22

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And so it begins.. 22.. On the eve of writing up my very first blog called ‘Hello World! From 22..

And pretty much around the same time..

The sun erupted late on January 22, 2012 with an M8.7 class flare, an earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME), and a burst of fast moving, highly energetic protons known as a “solar energetic particle” event. The latter has caused the strongest solar radiation storm since September 2005 according to NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center.

NASA’s Goddard Space Weather Center’s models predict that the CME is moving at almost 1,400 miles per second, and could reach Earth’s magnetosphere – the magnetic envelope that surrounds Earth — as early as tomorrow, Jan 24 at 9 AM ET (plus or minus 7 hours). This has the potential to provide good auroral displays, possibly at lower latitudes than normal.

Excerpt and photos taken from – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News012312-M8.7.html

Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the flare, shown here in teal as that is the color typically used to show light in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, a wavelength in which it is easy to view solar flares. The flare began at 10:38 PM ET on Jan. 22, peaked at 10:59 PM and ended at 11:34 PM.

Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA

The Solar Heliospheric Observatory captured the coronal mass ejection (CME) in this video (which shows the sun’s activity from January 19 to January 23). The end of the movie shows the interference caused by the onslaught of fast, energetic solar particles emitted from the sun.

Credit: SOHO/ESA & NASA

Excerpt and photos taken from – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News012312-M8.7.html

The CME and Solar Flares caused a very rarely seen Aurora over the Northern Hemisphere of the UK.. The dancing Northern Lights were seen from Scotland, Norther Ireland to parts of Northern England..

Reed Ingram Weir took this photograph on the A1 near Alnwick Northumberland.

Greg Clarke

Aurora in Whitley

An aurora borealis lights up the sky behind the Tan Hill Pub on the Pennine moorland in North Yorkshire (Paul Kingston/North News)

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