This Weekend: Northern Lights and Meteors
19 Oct 2001
Twisted magnetic fields above sunspot 9661 erupted this morning, unleashing an X-class solar flare and hurling a coronal mass ejection toward Earth. The expanding cloud will likely strike our planet's magnetosphere on October 21st during the peak of the Orionid meteor shower. Sky watchers, especially those living at higher latitudes, could spot both meteors and auroras this weekend. Stay tuned to SpaceWeather.com for details and updates.