Northern Lights Storms headed for Earth

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Federal forecasters warned that Earth is expected to experience "geomagnetic disturbances" from oncoming solar storms.

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The space agency describes them as looking like "huge, twisted rope" and claiming to be caused by solar flares.

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The most recent coronal mass ejection from November 3 is more likely to have an Earth-directed component and may reach Earth afterwards.

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All this activity makes for an interesting forecast challenge and expected conditions are still being evaluated.

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A solar storm is a solar disturbance that may have far-reaching consequences for Earth and the rest of the solar system. 

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Space weather, such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections, and phenomena like the aurora borealis accompany this phenomenon.

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Coronal mass ejections, as defined by NASA, are "huge bubbles of coronal plasma threaded by intense magnetic field lines that are ejected.

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