An immense blast of plasma spewed late Sunday night from the sun led to the strongest radiation storm bombarding our planet since 2005, and a rare warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency — and even a plan to redirect certain high-flying airplanes.
NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center — the nation’s official source of warnings about space weather and its impact on Earth — issued a watch for a geomagnetic storm expected to hit our planet Tuesday morning after a satellite witnessed an ultraviolet flash from the massive solar eruption, according to Spaceweather.com.
“A preliminary inspection of SOHO/STEREO imagery suggests that the CME will deliver a strong glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on Jan. 24-25 as it sails mostly north of our planet,” SpaceWeather’s bulletin read.
It could also affect navigation and the power grid.
The solar flare spat out late Sunday, Jan. 22, at 10:59 p.m. EST was rated an M9-class eruption — nearly an X-class flare, the most powerful type of solar storm.
The information concerning the Solar Flare is entirely copied from the Fox News story on the ongoing event, which itself is entirely from NASA and Space.com. I wrote no part or comment. Please follow the link to read the entire story. Even though its not about the Patriots, its still important. My only contribution is to recommend that you think about preparing for a electric surge tonight, don’t just shut the device off, unplug it.
Update: March 8th 2012