A strong filament eruption of the sun occurred on Aug. 31, 2012 and will provide a spectacular northern light display beginning at about 2 a.m. EDT Sunday.
"The filament eruption was very strong, very significant," said Hunter Outten. Outten is an astronomy buff who blogs about astronomy.
On the surface of the sun, large regions of very dense, cool gas is held in place by magnetic fields. These are the filaments. The filaments sometimes collapse and hit the stellar surface below the sun's chromosphere, according to NASA. When this happens, a filament eruption can take place.
This eruption will not make a direct hit on the Earth. However, effects from the eruption may impact Earth, Mars and Earth orbiting satellites.
"It's possible some of the Geo stationary satellites could be affected by the eruption, " said Outten.
Interruptions to satellites that provide satellite television and cellular phone service are possible.
The trade off will be the chance to view the northern lights.
"People in New York, Minnesota and the Dakotas have a chance to see the lights," said Outten.
The weather will cooperate for many of the possible viewing sites.
"At the time of the northern lights, all of New York State will be mostly clear," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards.
"The eastern half of Minnesota will be clear with better viewing conditions to the south."
"In North and South Dakota there will be increasing clouds that may interfere with viewing," Edwards said.
If you are able, stay up late and look for the northern light show Sunday.
In this time-lapse video from NASA, the solar filament eruption that occurred on August 31, 2012 is visible in a film made by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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