Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Plasma headed for Earth

Posted By on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Yeah, you read that right. Gawker's calling it a "burp" and the Portland Mercury called it a "fart" — and we're pretty good with both of those terms. Essentially, the surface of the sun belched a whole bunch of energy the other day, and now all of that's rippling right in our direction.

Now, now — no hunkering down is needed. When this plasma storm smacks into our sight line tonight or tomorrow, you'll want to be outside watching. Apparently sun-splosions make for pretty cool auroras — and we are likely far enough north to see some of them in the sky. (Be sure to send your pictures along if you catch anything cool.)

Check out this video of the "burp/fart" here:


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