Aurora alert for April 1 and 2

The first of three sets of solar particles are now en route to Earth and are expected to deliver glancing blows to Earth beginning April 1 and into April 2.

If you live at a high latitude, be alert for a good display of auroras, or northern lights, beginning late tonight (April 1, 2014) and into tomorrow night. reports:

The first of three or more CMEs en route to Earth are expected to arrive late in the day on April 1. None of the incoming clouds is squarely Earth-directed. The series of glancing blows, however, will rattle Earth’s magnetic field and possibly spark auroras. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on April 2.

Video shows the X-flare that took place on Saturday, March 29. One of the incoming CMEs is from this flare.

What is a CME? It’s a coronal mass ejection.

Will I see the northern lights tonight?

Bottom line: Aurora alert for April 1 and 2, 2014. Activity on the sun has created conditions possibly ripe for good displays of the aurora borealis or northern lights.

Deborah Byrd