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No Joke: Celestial Lights Free Show April 1 - 2

An April Fool's Treat, The Aurora Zone

About the Spellbinding Celestial Lights

The origin of the Aurora is 93 million miles (149 million km) from Earth at the Sun.  Check here on April 1 to see if the Kp Index rises to about 5 or more and you’ll have a good chance of spotting the Northern Lights should you not be clouded out.

 The stream of plasma coming from the sun is known as the solar wind. As the solar wind interacts with the fringes of the earth's magnetic field, the particles are "shocked" into flowing around the earth.

Most recently the sun released an X1 solar flare on March 29. Solar flares are powerful eruptions from the sun. Their strength is measured by the amount of x-rays they emit, classified in strength from C, M, to the strongest, X. They can arrive within minutes. If you are in the places to see the Northern Lights, its no joke that the sky will put on a free show.

The sun released three coronal mass ejections (CME) over recent days and they are expected to give Earth a glancing blow on April 1 to 2.

From your friendly scientists at :  March 31, 2014 edition