Cassi Creek: If the CME is large enough we may get to see some lower latitude aurora between midnight tonight and dawn tomorrow.
I’ve seen lower latitude displays a few times in Colorado and Missouri. The displays were mostly red in color. It looked as if there was a huge wild fire surrounding my location. Amazing! I’d really like to see the aurora at high latitudes.
From EarthSky News:
“STORMY SPACE WEATHER: Giant sunspot AR1944 is directly facing Earth and crackling with solar flares. Yesterday, Jan. 7th, an X1-class explosion in the sunspot's magnetic canopy hurled a CME in our direction. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras on Jan. 9th when the cloud is expected to arrive. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms.Aurora alerts: text, voice.
The X1-flare that hurled the CME toward Earth also accelerated a swarm of high-energy protons in our direction. Effects of the proton fusillade are visible in this Jan. 7th coronagraph movie from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO):”