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    Post  Carol Sun May 06, 2012 4:48 pm

    Space weather expert has ominous forecast 600
    A massive explosion on the sun's surface has triggered the largest solar radiation storm since 2005,
    hurling charged particles at Earth. (NASA / May 4, 2012)

    http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-solar-storms-20120505,0,6214500.story
    Space weather expert has ominous forecast
    A stream of highly charged particles from the sun is headed straight toward Earth, threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy screeching to a halt. Massive solar storms have happened before — and another one is likely to occur soon, according to Mike Hapgood, a space weather scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, England. Solar flares mainly emit X-rays — we also get radio waves from these things, and white light in the brightest of flares. They all travel at the same speed as light, so it takes eight minutes to arrive. There are some effects from flares, such as radio interference from the radio bursts. But that's a pretty small-beer thing. The big thing is the geomagnetic storms [on Earth] that affect the power grid, and that's caused by the coronal mass ejections [from the sun]. Coronal mass ejections are caused when the magnetic field in the sun's atmosphere gets disrupted and then the plasma, the sun's hot ionized gas, erupts and send charged particles into space. Think of it like a hurricane — is it headed toward us or not headed toward us? If we're lucky, it misses us.

    Read more at link http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-solar-storms-20120505,0,6214500.story


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