Huge solar storm may hit earth today, Friday the 13th
If your mobile networks are affected today, Friday the 13th, blame it on solar flares. Three extremely powerful solar flares that the sun has emitted could send shockwaves through earth on Friday, scientists fear, news.com.au reports. The solar flares may disrupt the communication lines, causing blackouts. The three solar flares were all 'X-class' flares, which are almost 10,000 times as powerful as normal background flares from the sun.
Solar flares, according to Live Science, 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.'
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) images of filament on the Sun are shown here in various wavelengths of light on August 31, 2012. Starting from the upper left and going clockwise they ... more
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) images of filament on the Sun are shown here in various wavelengths of light on August 31, 2012. Starting from the upper left and going clockwise they represent light in the: 335, 171, 304 and 131 Angstrom wavelengths. Since each wavelength of light generally corresponds to solar material at a particular temperature, scientists can compare images like this to observe how the material moves during an eruption. REUTERS/NASA/SDO/AIA/GSFC/Handout less
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Fri 7 Sep, 2012 10:30 AM IST
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