Solar filament explodes hurling a CME into space – G1-class geomagnetic storms possible this weekend

On April 9, 2017, a dark solar filament exploded hurling a powerful CME into space.

At first it appeared that the CME would miss Earth, but a new analysis by NOAA forecasters suggests that a glancing glow is possible on April 15th. G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible when the CME arrives this weekend.

The above video of the eruption was recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Here another video presenting the blast under different angles:

Flying debris from the filament formed the core of a coronal mass ejection (CME). A movie from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) shows the cloud leaving the sun.

solar filament explosion cme, geomagnetic storm april 15 2017, On April 9th, a dark filament of magnetism on the sun rose up and hurled a portion of itself into space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the eruption
On April 9th, a dark filament of magnetism on the sun rose up and hurled a portion of itself into space. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the eruption

At first it appeared that the CME would miss Earth, but a new analysis by NOAA forecasters suggests that a glancing glow is possible on April 15th. G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible when the CME arrives this weekend.

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