Thought it couldn’t happen here? Well it just did.
A major geomagnetic storm – triggered by a solar mass coronal ejection – just took place this week on a massive scale – creating a level 4 event that produced brilliant auroras (visible in the sky over northern parts of North America and Europe) as well as significant solar-magnetic distortions in the atmosphere:
The Earth is being battered by a huge solar storm, which could disrupt the power grid and GPS as well as letting people see beautiful auroras.
A potent blast of magnetic plasma shot out of the sun on Sunday, travelling faster than usual, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It brought with it the biggest solar storm at least since March, and perhaps since September 2005.
The solar weather brought with it aurora — spectacular lights that could be seen over the US overnight…
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