Friday, September 12, 2014

Strong Solar Storm Expected to Hit Earth

It's storming outside -- but we're not talking about thunder and rain. 

The energy from two back-to-back coronal mass ejections hit Earth today as expected, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
 
 
Coronal mass ejections are bursts of radiation that explode from the sun -- and these particular flares have been whizzing toward earth as fast as 2.5 million miles per hour. According to NOAA, the current storm level is just above the moderate threshold. 

PHOTO: An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 10, 2014.
PHOTO: An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 10, 2014
While solar storms may sound alarming, harmful radiation from the flares cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere. However, a perfect storm of intense radiation can impact satellite and radio transmissions and cause flights to be re-routed due to changes in Earth's magnetic field.  

PHOTO: An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 10, 2014. This image was captured by NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory and shows light in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, which is typically colorized in teal.
PHOTO: An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 10, 2014.
The solar storm is expected to strengthen as it continues through Saturday -- however no major problems have been reported so far. 

For the rest of the story: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/strong-solar-storm-expected-hit-earth-today/story?id=25456270

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