Sun Fires Off 2 Huge Solar Flares in One-Two Punch | Space Weather

Not to panic, but… here comes the Sun!

From the linked article:

Several space-based observatories witnessed the solar flares, including NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and the agency’s Stereo-B spacecraft. The sun-watching observatories spotted huge cloudsof charged particles — called coronal mass ejections, or CMEs — erupting from the solar flares.

“First-look data from Stereo-B are not sufficient to determine if the cloud is heading for Earth,” astronomer Tony Phillips wrote on his website Spaceweather.com, which monitors space weather events. “Our best guess is ‘probably, yes, but not directly toward Earth.’ A glancing blow to our planet’s magnetosphere is possible on March 8th or 9th.”

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