It has been revealed that we might have some pretty skies soon as a powerful cannibal solar burst will hit Earth. Check out the latest reports about this below.
Cannibal solar burst
Aurora enthusiasts across the globe are excitedly anticipating the arrival of a coronal mass ejection (CME), a super-hot plasma eruption that is set to hit Earth tonight.
This rapid CME was emitted by the sun on November 29th during a powerful M9.8-class solar flare eruption. However, it is not alone. The speedy plasma outburst will combine with several slower upstream CMEs that had left the sun a day earlier on November 28th, creating a “Cannibal CME”.
This collision of CMEs is likely to cause a strong geomagnetic storm similar to the one that occurred on November 5th, which resulted in an intense display of auroras and STEVE around the world. Geomagnetic storms are disruptions to Earth’s magnetic field caused by large ejections of plasma and magnetic fields from the sun’s atmosphere in the form of CMEs.
According to the predictions of the Cannibal CME, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States expects a strong (G3) geomagnetic storm that will result in an impressive aurora forecast for the country.
Geomagnetic storms are ranked on a scale from G1 to G5, with G1 causing an increase in auroral activity around the poles and minor fluctuations in power supplies, and G5 being the most extreme level that can cause complete high frequency (HF) radio blackouts on the sunlit side of the Earth, lasting for several hours.
On November 5th, the last G3 storm created stunning aurora displays around the world, with northern lights seen as far south as Greece and Turkey. Astrophotographer Gareth Mon Jones captured a breathtaking view of the aurora above Penmon Lighthouse in Anglesey.
“A whopper of a display on Anglesey tonight,” Jones wrote on X. “my girlfriend was happy to see one of the best displays of the northern lights in a long time”
Steven lomas managed to photograph mysterious STEVE above Dunstanburgh Castle Northumberland, UK.
“It was the strongest display of the aurora that I have seen in 8 years of photography” lomas told Space.com. “The highlight was seeing the corona and also STEVE!”