Huge Solar Flare May Disrupt Power, Radio, Satellite

A powerful solar eruption that triggered a huge geomagnetic storm has disturbed radio communications and could disrupt electrical power grids, radio and satellite communication in the next days, NASA said.
A strong wave of charged plasma particles emanating from the Jupiter-sized sun spot, the most powerful seen in four years, has already disrupted radio communication in southern China.
The Class X flash — the largest such category — erupted at 0156 GMT Tuesday, according to the US space agency. “X-class flares are the most powerful of all solar events that can trigger radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms,” disturbing telecommunications and electric grids, NASA said Wednesday.
Geomagnetic storms usually last 24 to 48 hours — but some could last for many days, read a statement from the US National Weather Service. “Ground to air, ship to shore, short-wave broadcast and amateur radio are vulnerable to disruption during geomagnetic storms. Navigation systems like GPS can also be adversely affected.”
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory said it saw a large coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the flash blasting toward Earth at about 560 miles per second (900 kilometers per second).
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9 years ago

Ah, the perfect storm that O would love to “not let a crisis” go to waste. Too bad he’s dealing with WI’s crisis to focus on this..multi-tasking not his strong suit.

Katherine Hershey
9 years ago

Truly beautiful and scary….wish our weather announcer would talk about the Texas and other storms, which are possible effects of solar flare activity.
This year is far more exciting to those of us who watched the sun via SOHO for years and now receive a treat of interest. Imagine that children could understand the sun more by viewing this photo and knowing the evergy we receive is released back into space through sprites and blue jets at their tops.

Katherine Hershey
9 years ago

This is a very exciting year for photo work such as this. I am told by internet information that next year will be, also, busy with activity by our sun.