Biggest solar storm ever to pound Earth

As a part of Sun’s normal 11-year cycle, the largest storms flare in five years. Is racing toward Earth and seems to disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas.

As per forecasters, the sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the effects should start smacking more blasts Earth’s way around 4 a.m. EST today and the storm is growing as it races outward from the sun, expanding like a giant soap bubble.

However the flare effects could linger through Friday morning, as another set of active sunspots is ready to aim at Earth right after this. Joe Kunches, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado said, “It’s hitting us right in the nose.”

“This is a big sun spot group, particularly nasty,” NASA solar physicist David Hathaway said. “Things are really twisted up and mixed up. It keeps flaring.”

But scientists are eagerly waited to see what happens today when the charged particles hit Earth at 4 million mph.

Kunches said that the storm follows an earlier, weaker solar eruption that happened Sunday. But it is good for North America that creates more noticeable auroras or Northern Lights that could dip as far south as the Great Lakes, will peak Thursday.

Auroras are “probably the treat we get when the sun erupts”, but a full moon could make them harder to see, Kunches said.

This Solar storms that comes after a couple of years can make global positioning systems less accurate and cause GPS outages and trigger communication problems and additional radiation around the north and south poles.

Jeffrey Hughes, director of the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling at Boston University warned that because new technology has flourished since then, scientists could discover that some new systems also are at risk.

Having wider potential for problems, technology on Earth could be triggered with magnetic, radio and radiation emissions. This is an unusual situation, when all three types of solar storm disruptions are likely to be strong that makes it the strongest overall since December 2006.

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