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Incoming! CME On Its Way Toward Earth

13 Jul 2012, 19:43 UTC
Incoming! CME On Its Way Toward Earth
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As you read this, a huge cloud of charged solar particles is speeding toward our planet, a coronal mass ejection resulting from the X1.4-class flare that erupted from sunspot 1520 on July 12. The CME is expected to collide with Earth’s magnetic field on Saturday, potentially affecting satellite operations and tripping alarms on power grids, as well as boosting auroral activity. It’s on its way, and all we can do is wait. (Thank goodness for magnetospheres!)(...)Read the rest of Incoming! CME On Its Way Toward Earth (339 words)© Jason Major for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: aurora, CME, Earth, flare, geomagnetic storm, magnetosphere, solar, sun Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh

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