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Aurora May Be Visible In Southern New England, Boston Area Sunday Night

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BOSTON (CBS)– We are now under a “Geomagnetic Storm Watch” for July 16-17! No, do not fret, your Sunday beach day is not in jeopardy and there is no have to book your ticket on the next flight from our planetary system simply yet.In fact, this is sort of amazing! Let’s explain …

Previously on Friday a substantial sunspot (AR2665 if you are scoring at house) appeared on the surface of our sun. A massive solar flare (surge) lasting for more than 2 hours ejected from the location. This explosion produced what researchers call a “coronal mass ejection (CME)” and it is headed directly for our planet!Again, this is

nothing to be alarmed about, your mobile phone won’t be zapped and our electrical grids are safe. When this mass arrives on Sunday, it will likely spark geomagnetic storms and brilliant auroras for the high latitudes.Typically these auroras take place over the Arctic and at best over Northern New England. However, there is a possibility on Sunday night and early Monday morning of some aurora activity in Southern New England!We will be updating you over the weekend as the storm gets closer, or you can take a look at NOAA’s website.Enjoy the storm!

sugarloaf aurora Aurora May Be Visible In Southern New England, Boston Area Sunday Night

The northern lights seen in Maine in September 2016. (Image credit Jamie Walter/Sugarloaf)

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