Large solar flare erupts off Sun, but little impact to Earth expected
This image captured in the 304 Angstrom wavelength, which is typically colorized in red provided by NASA shows a solar flare, lower center, erupting from the sun on Thursday, July 12, 2012. (NASA)
Published Friday, July 13, 2012 7:09AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 13, 2012 8:39AM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A huge solar flare erupted from the sun Thursday, streaming radiation toward Earth.
The solar storm is expected to arrive early Saturday, but forecasters at the government's Space Weather Prediction Center say they expected minimal impact to communication systems and power grids.
It may spark colorful auroras in southern Canada and northern United States.
The storm is part of the sun's normal 11-year cycle, which is supposed to reach a peak next year.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured Thursday's flare, wowing scientists with images of the massive outburst.