Holy crap, solar storm!
YOU GUYS THAT’S WHAT THE SUN LOOKS LIKE RIGHT NOW. (Sort of. It’s a false-color composite of some UV photography of what the sun looks like right now. But it’s still pretty rad.) That up there in the upper right corner is the biggest solar storm in seven years, and a coronal mass ejection from this flare is supposed to be hitting Earth right about … now.
NOAA’s site is down right now, probably because of SOLAR STORMS, but NASA has some awesome photos of the current state of the sun. It’s also got a video of today’s solar activity:
Chances are we’re not going to see that many effects from the storm, aside from a marked uptick in super-cool UV photos. But you can keep up with it on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory site and SpaceWeather.com.