September 10th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Solar flare creates 'gorgeous' aurora

At first glance, it might not seem real.  But this incredible aurora, captured on camera by the Yukon River in Canada, is the result of a massive solar flare.

CNN’s Josh Levs explains the whole story, with stunning new video of the coronal mass ejection 30 times the width of Earth.  These events can disrupt everything from cell phones to power grids.  When they don’t, they can be downright stunning.


Filed under: In Space • the Sun
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  1. European Satellite News

    Great source of information, cheers.

    April 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  2. judi woolworth donahue


    Giza is not death star, it is visual science communication...in its original creation it was reflective thus Mirror of Heaven... Super volcanic looking reflectivity is ONLY ONE thing...The reflective vapor made in stratosphere by super volcanoes,,, reflects the sun back to heaven,,, cools earth....coincidentally it is also the ONLY thing that will stop 2012 solar flare! Not maybe death ray with no reason, to kill enemies long dead....Rather a message how to save a planet in the future from predicted annihilation...like the sphinx riddle...if we get the right answer we live!

    December 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  3. Cool story bro.

    Well well lady's, Dont get to caught up in the aurora of GOD and his power. Very beautiful sight but me being in a state that does not see things like this, Well it sucks.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
  4. cpc65

    One the very rare occasions when we're supposed to be able to see this where I live in southern New England it is always overcast without fail.

    September 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  5. Auintr

    Sandy Duncan's Glass Eye,

    It is beautiful indeed. I live a 4 hour drive from Tromsø, it's a long country!

    September 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  6. god

    your welcome

    September 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • grammar

      Dear god, it's "you're welcome". Someone who can't spell properly certainly couldn't be the origin of our universe.

      September 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
      • troll

        Who are you to question God's grammar? Perhaps you (as well as every English text book) have it wrong! ;-)

        September 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
      • Rockfish

        "your welcome" works too, but in a different way...

        Cheers!

        September 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
      • did ya read it?

        It wasn't a spelling problem. It was a grammar problem. Someone who doesn't know the difference shouldn't question god.

        You also missed the humour in it to show off your intellectual superiority. Your awesome!

        September 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • Ruby Long

      Welcome to what, the sky, the sun, life?

      September 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  7. M4r

    Never before seen images? Well, yes, THAT CME has never been seen before, as each is unique, but CME's with this level of detail have been seen since the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellites were launch in 1995!!!.. oh the naive journalists!

    September 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  8. cacalips

    HAARP

    September 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Auintr

      I live in Norway, north of the polar circle. Auroras are very common. And they have been common for quite some time. I think it's safe to say auroras existed before HAARP, or even before the alphabet existed.

      To attribute an extremely common natural phenomenon to a mysterious US government organisation is... strange. It would be like blaming HAARP for earthquakes.. And I'm pretty sure you don't blame them for that, right?

      September 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
      • Auintr

        In fact, Northern lights had its own God in norse mythology.

        September 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
      • Sandy Duncan's Glass Eye

        Well said. I used to be mystified by their beauty growing up in my native Canada. If you live in Tromso, please say "hello" to Anneli Drecker for me. lol

        September 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
      • aurora legend

        The aurora were attributed to light shining off the "pearly armor" of valkyries flying down to collect the bravest of warriors from the battlefield so they may live and train in Valhalla in preparation for Ragnorok.

        September 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
      • Auintr

        aurora legend,

        Hadn't heard that. Here it is said to be the light of Bifrost, which is guarded by Heimdall, but with similarities to your story: It shines when someone goes to Valhalla. The connection between auroras and death has survived in our folklore to this day.

        You may be right, however, I'm just repeating it the way I heard it growing up, I haven't studied it or anything.

        September 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm |

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