Carrington Event

What is the Carrington Event? Starting August 28th, 1859, for several days, our sun was busy.  Astronomers viewed numerous sunspots and evidence of considerable magnetic activity.  But, this was only a prelude to much larger ‘events’, starting with a large coronal mass ejection (or CME) which hit earth on September 1st.  Just before noon, amateur English astronomers Richard Carrington and Richard Hodgson made the first … Continue reading Carrington Event