Solar blastIt’s freezing in North America — but things are heating up on the sun. A huge magnetic filament shot out of the sun Monday, sending shockwaves racing at 1.7 million miles per hour and a brief roar of static through shortwave radios across the planet. And with a geomagnetic storm causing Northern Lights to dance across the Canadian border and into North America, the sun is clearly acting up. According to a report on Spaceweather.com, Monday’s massive blast shot off the sun and into space, away from our planet, so it didn’t have the same effect on radio signals, power grids and communication satellites that an Earth-facing eruption would have. But it did cause a Type II radio burst, the site noted. “The explosion sent shock waves rippling through the sun’s atmosphere,” the site noted. “Those shock waves, in turn, triggered plasma instabilities in the solar corona that emit strong radio emissions. The static-y ‘roar’ of the explosion was picked up by solar observatories and ham radio stations across the dayside of our planet.” More