Space Weather News for Sept. 14, 2021
SOMETHING JUST HIT JUPITER: Last night, an astronomer in Germany was surprised when a bright flash of light emerged from the cloudtops of Jupiter. It appears to be the impact of an asteroid or comet. Astronomers will be watching the impact site tonight for signs of debris.
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Above: Arrows point to an explosion in the atmosphere of Jupiter on Sept. 13, 2021. Photo credit: Harald Paleske of Langendorf, Germany.
POSSIBLE EARTH-DIRECTED CME: During the early hours of Sept. 13th (~0200 UT), a dark filament of magnetism on the sun exploded.
The blast hurled a CME into space, and maybe toward Earth. Initial modeling by NOAA suggests a near miss (or glancing blow) on Sept. 16-17. The fact that the CME overlaps at least two other CMEs makes unraveling its trajectory tricky. Stay tuned for additional analysis. Aurora alerts: SMS Text