Following a recent display of the Aurora Borealis which were best seen across northern parts of Wales, the Sun has dispatched another flare in the Earth's direction. 

This incoming flare is an 'M' class flare which was launched from the surface of the Sun on Tuesday November 2nd.

This particular CME, (Coronal Mass Ejection), is known as a "halo CME", so-called because the solar storm cloud associated with the ejection appears to form an expanding halo all the way around the Sun. 

With an estimated arrived of Thursday November 4th into Friday November 5th, the production of a halo is a sign that the CME is heading directly toward Earth.

Whilst speculation surrounds the power outages witnessed across parts of Wales on Halloween, it's rather ironic that the arrival of the next flare coincides with our own activity as we celebrate Bonfire Fire with all the associated aerial displays.

'M' class flares rank second in the scale in the measurement of solar flares which start at 'A' for the tiniest, followed by 'B', 'C', 'M' and the strongest, 'X', each letter representing a ten-fold increase in energy output from the Sun.

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