June 1, 2023

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A powerful volcanic eruption on the sun can cause widespread aurora borealis on May 11

A pair of flares seen on the sun on Tuesday (May 9) may display the northern lights for parts of the northern and central United States tonight.

Late Tuesday, a satellite known as the Sun and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, detected a large coronal mass ejection (CME) that was likely caused by the double flare explosion that afternoon. The associated subatomic matter appears to be heading straight for Earth, and as a result, the Space Weather Prediction Center at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has I issued a geomagnetic storm watch (Opens in a new tab) for a possible G3 event today (May 11).