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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