first_imgIf you’re in the high latitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere, you may be able to see some aurora borealis displays today thanks to a large solar flare that sent a cloud of plasma down to Earth earlier this week.The Sun hurled solar flares and coronal mass ejections towards Earth, and the most recent one currently en route is said to be both bigger and faster than the previous two. The third flare is expected to catch up with the other two and join forces to create a giant cloud that’s expected to hit Earth Today at 8:55 a.m. EDT plus or minus seven hours.NASA Spokesperson, Susan Hendrix of the Heliophysics Science Division said that Earth will only get a slight hit during the solar storm. If the flares were to hit straight on, the impact on Earth be more considerable but the solar flare is fairly weak and only registered as a middleclass M1 instance. The only thing we’ll most likely notice here on Earth is some visible auroras which may be visible as far south as the northern part of the U.S.The solar flares in question erupted when a powerful magnetic occurrence above sunspot 1261 shot out a flow of charged particles that were then hurled towards Earth. A solar flare is the result of a strong burst of radiation released from the magnetic energy of the sunspots.The last of the three flares occurred at 4:57 a.m. GMT on Thursday and is moving about 2,000 km per second to catch up with the first two. The solar flares were said to have caused some radio blackouts on Wednesday and Thursday, and caused some disturbance of high-frequency communications with planes traveling over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.The National Weather Service thinks the flares will case moderate to strong Geomagnetic storms on Friday. If you’re in the higher latitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere–including Alaska, northern Scandinavia, parts of Canada, Russia, and the Arctic–keep a lookout for these Northern Lights today, and have your camera ready.via Space.comlast_img