STORMS PREDICTED (G2-CLASS): A large hole has opened in the sun's
atmosphere, and it is spewing a stream of solar wind toward Earth.
Estimated time of arrival: Oct. 24th. First contact with the gaseous
material is expected to produce minor G1-class geomagnetic storms,
intensifying to moderately strong G2-class storms on Oct. 25th as Earth
moves deeper into the stream. Arctic sky watchers can expect to witness
bright auroras. The lights could descend to lower latitudes as well,
with sightings in northern-tier US states along a line from Maine to
Above: A gaseous canyon more than 700,000 km long cleaves the face
of the sun. This image, based on data from NASA's Solar Dynamics
Observatory, shows the jagged structure directly facing Earth on Oct.