NASA uses an amazing array of telescopes, cameras, and sensors to watch the universe and report back on the amazing phenomena it observes. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured something astounding and lovely on December 14, 2023. NASA's Living With a Star (LWS) Program includes SDO. From its carefully designed orbit that maintains the Sun in view at all times, the craft investigates the magnetic field of the Sun. The largest solar flare since one that was observed in September 2017 was witnessed by the SDO on the 14th when it produced an impressive display of flares that shot from the star's surface.
Now, the UK Met Office predicts, “A stream of fast winds from a coronal hole may arrive at Earth late on 21 or on 22 Dec, perhaps increasing the chance of visible aurora across the far north of Scotland and similar latitudes.”