INCOMING CME: Big sunspot 1402 erupted
on Jan. 23rd, producing a strong M9-class
solar flare and a fast-moving
coronal mass ejection (CME).
Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab
say the CME should reach Earth
on 1/24 at 14:18 UT (+/- 7 hr)
and Mars a little more than a day later.
Strong geomagnetic storms are possible
when the cloud reaches Earth.
Our magnetic field is still reverberating
from a CME impact on January 22,
so another blow could spark major auroras
visible in northern Europe, Canada, Alaska,
and northern-tier US states.


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