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    Flares From the Sun Cause Northern Lights

    Photo+Courtesy+of+NHPR.
    Photo Courtesy of NHPR.

    A few days ago, giant explosions on the surface of the sun sent out particles at high speed into space, causing an array of lights in the night. Area 3664 of the sun, the origin of this, alongside region 3663, make up an area far larger than Earth!

    Over this past weekend, many caught on camera the effects of these flares. Called “coronal mass ejections”, large amounts of plasma and magnetic fields cause “geomagnetic storms” such as the northern lights. The location of the CME will “not have any geomagnetic impacts on Earth” according to the Space Weather Prediction Center. 

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    Hi, my name is Mira Ivanis and I am a Senior at the WHS! This is my fourth year in the Newspaper Club. I am also part of Model UN, Debate, and Yearbook club; I love to play tennis and volleyball. I especially love to craft and paint in my free time!

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