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Solar Flares Are Gonna Reach Earth

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Solar flare eruptions set to reach Earth

Scientists around the world will be watching closely as three eruptions from the Sun reach the Earth over Thursday and Friday.

These "coronal mass ejections" will slam into the Earth's magnetic shield.

The waves of charged solar particles are the result of three solar flares directed at Earth in recent days, including the most powerful since 2006.

The biggest flares can disrupt technology, including power grids, communications systems and satellites.

The northern lights (Aurora Borealis) may also be visible further south than is normally the case - including from northern parts of the UK.

"Our current view is that the effect of the solar flare is likely to reach Earth later today (Thursday GMT), possibly tomorrow morning," said Alan Thomson, head of geomagnetism at the British Geological Survey (BGS).

He told BBC News: "In the scientific community, there's a feeling that it's not as intense as we first thought it might be. But it's possible still that it could be a large enough event for us to see the northern lights in the UK."

However, weather forecasts suggested cloudy conditions could mar views of any aurorae.

full story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12493980

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is there any chance we will see some of this in London?

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london never gets to see things like dis... u either have to be high in the mountains or very low low in the fields/lakes

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london is swag for viewing space.

an aurora would be sick. although solar flares can actually be dangerous if their too powerfull.

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the earths magnetic shield?!?

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london never gets to see things like dis... u either have to be high in the mountains or very low low in the fields/lakes

It's latitude not altitude. The aurora occur around the magnetic pole, which isn't really near here, so it's rarely visible from the UK. When it is it's oop in further reaches of Scotland. Aberdeen etc

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ye but strong enough solar flares could cause aurora's to reach that far. but in that case im sure a lot of electrics would get fried aswell so it would be a more noteable event lol.

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The cloud is moving nearer still...

Aurora borealis comes in VIEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW,

Aurora comes in VIEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

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