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Solar flare may light up our sky

It may have felt like the sun has been exploding for the past few weeks, but on Thursday it did, giving us a possible atmospheric fireworks show this weekend.

On Thursday afternoon, sunspot AR1520 belched a wave of radiation and sun bits toward Earth, causing some satellite and radio issues in the middle of the day.

The explosion bits that don't travel at the speed of light, known as the coronal mass ejection, are expected to hit Earth's magnetic field around 7 a.m. Saturday, according to the latest estimates from the National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center.

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