Photo: NASA via SPACE.com
A huge solar flare erupted late yesterday, spewing a wave of solar plasma and charged particles—a coronal mass ejection (CME)—that is headed towards Earth.SPACE.com (via @BreakingNews) reports that while these materials are not expected to hit our planet directly, scientists are speculating that they could affect satellites and power grids when they arrive in Earth’s vicinity at around 7 AM EST tomorrow.
Commercial airlines—particularly those that fly over the poles—could also be affected. The effects of the flare could last through Friday.
That SPACE.com report cites Joseph Kunches, a space weather scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who told reporters today, “Space weather has gotten very interesting over the last 24 hours … This was quite the Super Tuesday — you bet.”
NASA spacecraft managed to capture videos of the eruption. Check one out below:
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