Spaceweather.com is reporting a geomagnetic storm, prompted by unsettled conditions in the solar wind, which erupted during the early hours of April 10, 2015, sparking auroras as far south as Colorado. It came despite the fact that a coronal mass ejection from the sun – expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field on April 9 – had not yet arrived. According to SpaceWeather:
Storming could intensify later today if the tardy CME eventually arrives …
Keep an eye out for auroras!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.