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Strongest solar storm since 2005

2012-01-23 21:42

Washington - Space weather officials say the strongest solar storm in more than six years is bombarding Earth with radiation, with more to come.

The radiation is mostly an issue for satellite disruptions and astronauts in space. It can cause communication problems for polar-travelling aircraft.

The Space Weather Prediction Centre in Colorado observed the flare Sunday at 04:00. Physicist Doug Biesecker says the biggest concern is the radiation, which arrived on Earth an hour later. It will probably continue through Wednesday.

Biesecker said the storm's radiation levels are considered strong but other storms have been more severe. It is the strongest level since May 2005.

Plasma ejected from the sun arrives on Tuesday, but is not as strong. It can extend the visibility of auroras and disrupt the electrical grid.

Comments
  • Ken - 2012-01-23 22:12

    The sun is now competing against the cable thieves to give us a hard time!!! LoL!!!

  • clifford.harrison1 - 2012-01-23 22:14

    A new bloody excuse for ESKOM

      J-Man - 2012-01-24 08:51

      You will be surprised how right you are...but its a valid one.

  • Assis Pontes - 2012-01-23 23:16

    God works in mysterious ways.

  • Robert - 2012-01-23 23:55

    , dirt on someone else secures your corrupt live style, God destroyed and new ones found, science exploring into the unknown, roman catholics (small capitals because of capitalism) rapping young boys/girls , Men killing families because of insecurities, WTF we are doomed without moral, morals and discipline. Mankind is doomed -we don't need a disaster - Lets just carry on the way we do - we are doing it ourselves, The sun can explode and the planet destroyed, for one I'll be happy not thinking how much I must do to change things with no avail - Die planet die my way is paved for whatever. Sick Fake Humans

      Robert - 2012-01-24 00:01

      I whish they would publish my first leading comment.

      Robert - 2012-01-24 00:03

      hope this goes all the way.

      Zion - 2012-01-24 07:52

      Think Looney Toons also came with that solar radiation

      Shawn - 2012-01-24 08:21

      Hey Robert, go jump off a bridge ! ! !

      Ben - 2012-01-24 08:59

      End it now Robert...Do it!!! Change starts with YOU!!

  • Adrian - 2012-01-24 07:58

    What a load of hogwash!!

      J-Man - 2012-01-24 08:52

      ? What part?

  • Wkotze22 - 2012-01-24 13:29

    For whom may we sue if anything happens to us?

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