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The sun is awakening with ‘solar storms’ that could affect Earth – Washington Post

NOAA is predicting a strong solar storm Thursday that could generate northern lights as far south as Oregon to Pennsylvania.

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This flare-up coincides with the onset of Solar Cycle 25, an 11-year window within which storminess on the surface of the sun peaks and solar storms become routine.
The sun is nearly 93 million miles away, but disturbances on its surface can have serious effects far and wide across the solar system. Solar scientists and forecasters of space weather track sunspots, or cool, discolored regions that make appearances on the solar disk and throb with magnetic energy. The number of sunspots present at…

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