On Valentines Day the sun experienced a massive solar flare, the strongest one in over four years, and as I write this waves of protons and electrons are expected to arrive here on earth. Yikes! They mess with the earth’s magnetic field, so the down side is problems with electrical, satellite, air travel, etc. but the up side is an increase in the activity of the Northern Lights! So if your nights are clear over the next few days check it out and see what’s going on in the skies over your backyard. The sun’s solar flare activity is just getting going though (entering an 11 yr. cycle) so there should be lots of opportunities in the next year or two as it reaches its peak in 2013.