Coronal Mass Ejection Headed Towards Earth, NASA Say Solar Flare Will Strike Earth Nov. 14 Or 15

EARTH-DIRECTED ERUPTION: Active sunspot 1123 erupted during the early hours of Nov. 12th, producing a C4-class solar flare and apparently hurling a filament of material in the general direction of Earth.

Coronagraph images from NASA's twin STEREO spacecraft show a coronal mass ejection (CME) emerging from the blast site and heading off in a direction just south of the sun-Earth line. The cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field sometime on Nov. 14th or 15th, sparking auroras.

Check back for a refined predictions later today when SOHO images of the CME become available.

New sunspot 1123 in the Sun's southern hemisphere is crackling with C-class solar flares.

Credit: SDO/HMI