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04 August 2010

How Northern Lights Are Created By Sun Flares

*** Check out 3 video clips of the solar flares and magnetic filament in action as they create the Northern Lights on Earth.

From Denny: The Northern Lights are quite the spectacular celestial show. Right about now I wished I lived back up in Maine or along the Canadian border to be able to view this month's show in the night sky. The past few days our sun has been busy throwing off sun flares and magnetic filament to create the Northern Lights phenomenon.

The three clips feature just how spectacular the sun looks right now while space expert James Oberg explains how this celestial show can affect us here on Earth. With sun flares there are often satellite issues and that involves bank transactions like when you go to pump gas and your credit card won't scan or record the transaction because of the magnetic interference from the heavens. Oh, well, stuff your pockets full of cash if you want to travel or sit back and just enjoy the show in the night sky.

Space expert James Oberg explains what's behind the Northern Lights show:

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Spectacular video of the sun in this news clip:

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Check out NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory capturing sun flares which create the wonderful Northern Lights phenomenon:

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*** Update 5 Aug 2010: Missed Tuesday's northern lights show? Another is on its way.

For folks along the northern rim of the US, a second chance to see the northern lights will come when another solar outburst hits Earth Wednesday or Thursday.

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