Published time: September 12, 2014 21:47
Another extreme solar storm has struck Earth after two solar flares took place on an Earth-facing part of the sun. The two powerful blasts from the sun took place Wednesday, with the first storm hitting late Thursday.
“The second of the expected coronal mass ejections (CMEs) has arrived, and arrived in good agreement with the predicted arrival times,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Prediction Weather Center announced in Colorado.
The blasts were estimated at X1.6, putting it in the strongest ‘extreme’ class of solar flares.
The solar flare was accompanied by the release of superhot plasma, a coronal mass ejection (CME), with the first cloud reaching Earth late Thursday. Luckily, most of it is expected to pass north of Earth, causing a relatively weak solar storm.
It was launched from a sunspot called Active Region 2158 and was caught on…
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