A new NASA video of a spacecraft facing the sun captured beautiful images of solar flares emanating from the star this week before Halloween.
The video, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Orbiter, shows: Stunning close-ups of solar flares It explodes from the sun between Monday and Thursday (October 25-28), and ends with X1 class big solar storm He can zoom in on the northern lights of the Earth during the Halloween holiday.
“Bright than a sparkling ghost, faster than the tail of a black cat, the sun” casts a spell in our direction just in time for Halloween,” NASA officials wrote in a statement Video description.
Do you see the aurora borealis?
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The video began with a series of solar eruptions Monday from an active region to the left (or side) of the sun that “flashes with a series of small flares and petal-like eruptions of solar material,” NASA officials wrote.
Perhaps most impressive was the X1 solar flare, which erupted Thursday from a sunspot in the sun’s lower center, just opposite Earth. Category X explosions are the most powerful type of solar storm that the Sun can experience.
“Solar flares They are powerful bursts of radiation,” NASA officials wrote in the video description. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect people on Earth, but can – if intense enough – disrupt the atmosphere in the layer in which it is located. It has Global Positioning System (GPS) and travel communications signals.”
The Solar Dynamics Orbiter is part of a fleet of several spacecraft that constantly monitor the sun’s weather for such storms.
Thursday’s glow was accompanied by a radiation storm and a massive explosion of solar material called a coronal mass ejection, which pushed the Sun’s charged particles outward at more than 4 million kilometers per hour. These particles should reach Earth this weekend and It can increase the power of the aurora borealis on the planet, also known as the Northern and Southern Lights.
Earth’s aurora borealis occur when charged particles from the sun interact with the upper atmosphere, creating an ethereal glow. The Earth’s magnetic field directs these particles toward the polar regions, so they are usually visible at high northern latitudes in the hemisphere.
Additional particles from Thursday’s solar storm could amplify the auroras to make them visible from as far south, possibly as far south as New York, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon, Maryland and Nevada, NASA scientists said.
The aurora borealis can be hard to see if you live near city lights, where light pollution can remove the glare, and it certainly won’t be as stunning as the screens seen at high latitudes or by astronauts in space.
For tips on how to capture the aurora borealis with your camera, check out our guide to Where and how are the aurora borealis filmed?, Moreover The best equipment for photographing the aurora borealis employment How to edit Twilight photos Once you get it.
Editor’s note: If you get a great picture of the aurora borealis this weekend, let us know. You can add photos and comments [email protected].
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