That huge sunspot we talked about two days ago erupted today at 12:32 p.m. with a powerful X-class flare. I love solar fireworks because there’s always a possibility for a nice aurora display in the wake of a large flare. Good news this time around – the cloud of subatomic particles called a coronal mass ejection appears to be directed toward the Earth.
If it does blow past our planet and forge a connection with our magnetic field we might expect chances for aurora to sharply increase in a couple of days. Already, the NOAA space weather forecast is calling for minor auroral storms at tonight and tomorrow night. I’ll be monitoring from my home and update with the latest information. Be on the lookout!