Saturday, September 1st 2012, 12:33 PM EDT
The area of the Sun that had produced a powerful magnetic field and may have affected the Earth for the past 7-10 days, has finally come to an end:
The explosion hurled a CME away from the sun traveling faster than 500 km/s (1.1 million mph). The cloud, shown here, is not heading directly toward Earth, but it could deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field on or about September 3rd.
This date is preliminary and may be changed in response to more data from coronagraphs on the Solar and Heliophysics Observatory (SOHO). Stay tuned.
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