Powerful sun storms could give us a great aurora show for Mother’s Day

Want to save all the calories from Mother’s Day brunch? You may still be able to “sweeten” the holiday with a view of the ramped-up northern lights again tonight (May 12)!

Plasma from a powerful solar eruption called a coronal mass ejection (CME) slammed into Earth on Friday (May 10), sparking an intense geomagnetic storm. One of the effects was a supercharged aurora, which provided skywatchers in much of the U.S. and other regions around the world with absolutely mesmerizing views of the northern lights.

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