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Sun Erupts With Massive Solar Flare into Space

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You’d never know it from Chicago’s gray skies, but the Sun put on a spectacular show Wednesday, emitting a “significant solar flare,” according to NASA.

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Now scientists are bracing to see what the resulting space weather will have in store for Earth.

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The Sun’s actually been acting up all week, with previous, more moderate flares already raising expectations of a geomagnetic storm  

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that could deliver views of aurora (aka, Northern Lights) in parts of the U.S. where the phenomenon isn’t typically seen.  

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The Chicago region is on the southernmost latitude of where the aurora might be visible, but in classic Chicago fashion, the light pollution puts the possibility at nil. 

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an image of the event on Wednesday, which peaked shortly after noon, Central time. 

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