The Space Weather Prediction Center (who knew) is warning us that the combined energy from two recent solar events will arrive at Earth on September 13, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong Geomagnetic Storm Watch.
Wowser. What does this mean? "Basically, the sun is a giant ball of gas — 92.1% hydrogen and 7.8% helium. Every now and then it spits out a giant burst of radiation called a coronal mass ejection, or CME."
But what does this mean? Space weather experts aren’t sure yet what this solar storm will do. But. You might want to keep a flashlight handy. Solar storms can knock out power, interfere with GPS and radio communications — including those on commercial airliners — and they can damage satellites.
On the upside, solar storms also create beautiful aurora. Aurora watchers in the northern U.S. should be watching the skies on Thursday and Friday nights. Plus, as an added bonus, the Aurora Borealis will be visible to parts of the United States tonight, parts which normally don't get to see them. Looks we are right on the edge of seeing/not seeing. Map of who will see the northern lights is at the link.