Thursday’s large solar flare produced a coronal mass ejection (CME) that reached the earth over the weekend. The CME streaked toward the earth at more than 850 miles per second.
The flare was not big enough to disrupt satellites or ground airline flights, but the CME did cause beautiful displays of the Aurora Borealis farther south than usual.
NASA scientists say the CME was visible at more southerly latitudes because the sun is nearing the peak of its current solar cycle.
Check out this video of the solar flare captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Laboratory on Thursday.