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From TheJournal.ie Obama cries with relatives of movie massacre victims Colorado

Obama cries with relatives of movie massacre victims

Meanwhile, suspect James Holmes is to appear before a US court for an initial hearing this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Obama pays tribute to movie massacre victims Colorado This post contains videos

Obama pays tribute to movie massacre victims

Meanwhile, police are still trying to work their way into the suspect’s booby-trapped apartment.

From TheJournal.ie Booby-trapped: bomb squad to try and enter suspect shooter's apartment Colorado This post contains images

Booby-trapped: bomb squad to try and enter suspect shooter's apartment

As details about the suspect emerge this morning, vigils for the victims of the horrific shooting are held across Colorado.

From TheJournal.ie Colorado massacre: Shooting suspect 'not co-operating' with police - source Aurora

Colorado massacre: Shooting suspect 'not co-operating' with police - source

A police sources tells AP that James Holmes, 24, is refusing to speak to police at all, or answer any questions.

From TheJournal.ie Obama, Romney suspending campaigning after Colorado cinema massacre Colorado

Obama, Romney suspending campaigning after Colorado cinema massacre

The Democratic and Republican candidates both called off campaign rallies after the deaths of 12 cinemagoers in Aurora.

From TheJournal.ie Mother of Colorado gunman tells TV news that police 'have the right person' Colorado

Mother of Colorado gunman tells TV news that police 'have the right person'

24-year-old James Holmes was arrested outside the Aurora cinema where 12 people were shot dead.

From TheJournal.ie Colorado gunman named as 24-year-old local man - update Colorado This post contains videos

Colorado gunman named as 24-year-old local man - update

The gunman killed 12 people and wounded 38 at the Century 16 cinema in Aurora during a Batman screening.

From TheJournal.ie 'He wasn't giving anyone a chance to get out' - witnesses recall Colorado cinema shooting Aurora This post contains videos

'He wasn't giving anyone a chance to get out' - witnesses recall Colorado cinema shooting

One witness has said he saw a little girl who had been shot.

From TheJournal.ie Colorado shooting update: 12 dead, three-month-old baby among the injured Colorado

Colorado shooting update: 12 dead, three-month-old baby among the injured

A suspect is in custody after the shooting at a Batman screening in Aurora. His apartment building has been evacuated because of concerns about explosives.

From TheJournal.ie Three children amongst six people dead after Chicago apartment fire US

Three children amongst six people dead after Chicago apartment fire

Dozens more were injured as residents jumped from the three-storey apartment building in suburban Chicago after it caught fire in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Amazing NASA video: the most powerful solar flare in four years

NASA has released footage of a so-called class X event — the most powerful form of solar flare.

PEOPLE IN IRELAND may enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view of the sky tonight.

Recent solar activity means that auroras – lights in the sky that are only normally visible from countries close to polar regions – may make an appearance above Ireland.

Last Sunday, an eruption on the surface of the sun resulted in tonnes of plasma being blasted into space, creating a “solar tsunami” that is now travelling 93 million miles towards Earth.

If the plasma comes into contact with atoms of nitrogen and oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere, the reaction will cause the famous glowing lights in the sky.

Watch Sunday’s solar flare:


Sunday’s eruption – called a coronal mass ejection – was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

Leon Golub of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said “It’s the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time,” adding, “We got a beautiful view of this eruption, and there might be more beautiful views to come – if it triggers aurorae”.

However, the solar tsunami might also cause space storms, which can damage satellites, knock out power grids, and disturb other communication systems on Earth.

Scientists warn that our sun is currently at its quietest in over a century, resulting  in what is known as a “solar minimum” phase – which could mean that we are overdue some bad solar weather, otherwise known as a “solar maximum”.

But while scientists cannot say for sure whether Irish sky-searchers will be able to see the lights as they occur, many will nevertheless be looking to the skies tonight in the hope of catching a glimpse of the elusive lights.