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Published on Jan 23, 2012
This animation depicts results from a solar wind forecast model used at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, to predict when an event on the sun's outer atmosphere (center) may reach Earth (right) and cause a geomagnetic storm. This model run, initiated 1 am EST Monday Jan. 23, shows the brunt of the space weather system reaching Earth on Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, about 9 am EST. Credit: NOAA and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. More: http://go.usa.gov/nc3, http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/