October 2012 Aurora and Pipeline in Alaska Astrophotographer Erika Sudz sent in a photo of an aurora taken in Fairbanks, AK, on Oct. 8, 2012. She was standing under the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline, which shows reflected car tail lights. October 2012 Aurora over Northern Germany Astrophotographer Michael Theusner took this photo of an aurora and meteor near Dornsode, northern Germany, Oct.
A huge explosion on the sun has flung a wave of solar particles toward Earth, an eruption that may amp up northern lights displays on our planet Monday night. The solar eruption occurred late Thursday when the sun unleashed what scientists call a coronal mass ejection, or CME, NASA officials explained in a statement.