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.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.