Intense Solar Storm Could Hit Earth on Friday the 13th
The sun has unleashed three powerful solar flares over the past two days, and the effects of these eruptions could hit Earth this Friday the 13th
A solar flare bursts off the left limb of the sun in this image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 11, 2014.
The sun has unleashed three powerful solar flares over the past two days, and the effects of these eruptions could hit Earth this Friday the 13th — but don't worry, space weather reports show there's no cause for alarm.
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The three solar bursts were all X-class flares — the most intense type of solar flare that is 10,000 times as powerful as normal background flares from the sun. The most recent flare was an X1.0 that peaked at 5:06 a.m. EDT (0906 GMT) yesterday (June 11). Two other solar bursts — one X2.2 flare (twice as powerful as yesterday’s) and an X1.5 flare (1.5 times as powerful as yesterday’s) — occurred Tuesday. All three solar tempests erupted from the left side of the sun, NASA officials said in a statement.
Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation that are unleashed from the sun and speed out into space. They can sometimes produce waves of plasma and charged particles, called coronal mass ejections (CMEs). When aimed directly at Earth, CMEs can trigger geomagnetic storms and knock out communications and power grids on Earth. So far, scientists have not observed a CME associated with this morning's flare, but yesterday's flares produced a CME that could hit Earth on Friday — Friday the 13th.
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The fallout from the first two flares is expected to deal Earth a glancing blow, according to Spaceweather.com, but the CME could still create polar geomagnetic storms. Geomagnetic storms occur when solar particles interact with Earth's magnetic field.
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Keep up your chicken little routine and you will be right at some point in time.
Hey what happen? we were worry about your news that we will be hit by Intense Solar Storm Could Hit Earth on Friday the 13th. is this some kind of joke regarding FRIDAY THE 13th.or did Solar Storm missed Earth.
to the ignoramus that wrote the headline... SHOCKWAVES CANNOT TRAVEL THROUGH THE VACUME OF SPACE! Pick your words better.
just remember we are the tiniest of specs of space dust.. in the universe... and we can all be taken out in a flash of light...
Think about it...
Enjoy your day and always enjoy your family
OK, So... If there is no cause for alarm or concern, why would you bring it up?
Now I am going to be walking around avoiding the sun like a vampire and just waiting to be zapped like a fly.
Ellen was right.
...it could be the most dangerous thing in the world and you're having it for dinner