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Sun storm reaches Earth

2012-07-15 14:03

Washington - The leading edge of a solar storm that had been expected since a massive eruption on the sun on Thursday reached Earth at 17:30 on Saturday.

The US Space Weather Prediction Centre of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that a G1, or minor, geomagnetic storm was under way. The storm could reach G2, or moderate, levels over the remainder of the weekend, NOAA said.

Solar storms can affect power grids, mobile phone communication as well as aviation.

The European Space Agency (ESA) told dpa that the storm had so far caused no damage to satellites.

"Such a phenomenon lasts a couple of days and causes massive oscillations in the magnetic field," said Markus Langraf of the ESA satellite control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

Those living in the Northern Hemisphere may be treated to a bravura performance by the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, ESA officials said.

According to space.com, international space agencies had been expecting the sun storm after a massive solar flare - known as a coronal mass ejection - erupted on the sun on Thursday, sending charged solar plasma toward the Earth.

Comments
  • eidel.bock - 2012-07-15 16:05

    It was a icy flair by the looks of it...

  • max.maxwell - 2012-07-15 16:07

    Watch some morons start saying this will kill us all!

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-07-15 17:13

      Hehe

  • Johan - 2012-07-15 18:51

    Oh my...we gonna die...... :}

  • menina.bursey - 2012-07-15 19:58

    Wonder if that's why my cell phone connections was SO bad today

  • siliziwem - 2012-07-16 01:31

    i really don't care!

  • tshepo.batista - 2012-07-16 08:02

    That is y is so cold yeses bt let hpe it wil b better ön Thursdae this weather ne,kodwa ziphatheni kahle ningenzi izinto enizobuye nizisole ngazo hloniphani imizimba yenu ngoba kubalulekile.

  • Johan - 2012-07-16 20:56

    On a more serious note. The star we live by is awesome. Just one hick up from the sun, and we gonna know it in one way or the other. We must just hope it behave itself as it did. But more wonderful is the Earth's protection shields. It is hard to believe that the magnetic shield and than very thin layer of atmosphere protect us from certain death.

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