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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Solar storm sparks dazzling northern lights

This image from the NOAA/National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center shows the coronal mass ejection (CME) erupting from the sun late Monday. The flare is reportedly the largest since 2005 and is expected to affect GPS systems and other communications when it reaches the Earth's magnetic field in the morning of Jan. 24.