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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Nature's Fireworks!

The Library will be closed on Wednesday July 4th for the holiday.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

It's finally here!  My favorite holiday!  Not only do we get to celebrate our great nation's independence, but we get to see fireworks too!  I know that there may not be any fireworks going on in Roselle this year, but it looks like Mother Nature may provide her own kind of fireworks!  There was a solar flare from the surface of the sun yesterday that produced a CME (coronal mass ejection, also known as a solar flare) that when aimed at the right part of Earth creates a stunning light display known as auroras.  Ever heard of the Northern Ligths?!?  Here is a quick, very basic, pictorial rundown of what happens during a CME that causes the pretty lights in the sky!

This is just a basic idea of what occurs when a CME happens.  The Earth's magnetic field repelling the CME is what actually causes the cool colors in the sky at night.  In addition to a beautiful light display in the sky, CME's can also cause radio blackouts and disrupt the everyday stuff that we use like GPS and cellphones (the satellites are in space, after all!).  Because of where the CME happened, and what part of the Earth it was aimed at, so far ony parts of Europe have had any negative disrutpions, and those have been minor. 

To find out more about the most recent CME and who and what it affects, check out this cool article and video from the news that shows several different video clips and images of the actual CME from yesterday.

To find out more about CME's in general (also known as solar flares) check out the NASA website at or get into the library today!  The books on the Sun, the Moon, other planets, and space in general are located in the 520's.  Here are a just a few titles we have about the Sun:

The Sun
By Time Life Books
523.7 SUN

The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories From the Life of the Star that Powers Our Planet
By Bob Berman
523.7 BER

Storms from the Sun: The Emerging Science of Space Weather
By Michael J. Carlowicz
629.416 CAR

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