X Class Flare from the West Limb May Bring Aurora Sept 13

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Northern Lights Now – Active Region 2673 may have rotated around the limb, but today it proved it wasn’t quite done influencing Earth’s magnetosphere. An X8.28 flare and associated CME launched from the region on Sunday October 10. The CME is so wide that NASA models are suggesting Earth will get a glancing blow on Sept 13.

X8.28 Flare graphic from Northern Lights Now flare page
X8.28 Flare graphic from Northern Lights Now flare page

Watch the flare erupt in AIA 304:

Huge X-class Flare erupts from AR2673 from around the limb
Huge X-class Flare erupts from AR2673 from around the limb

The flare released energetic particles that saturated the LASCO imagery on SOHO. In this loop, see the CME launching, then a “blizzard” as the sensors pick up the high energy particles associated with the eruption.

CME and high energy particle "blizzard" in LASCO
CME and high energy particle “blizzard” in LASCO

Check back soon as we have more information about when and how this will impact Earth and when to expect aurora

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