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24 January 2012

Sun Storms and Solar Flares, The Sun is exploding CRAZY!

Coronal Mass ejection from our Sun credit: NASA
Sun Storms and Solar Flares, The Sun is exploding CRAZY!
The Sun has ejected the strongest solar radiation storm since September, 2005. NOAA says the storm is currently in progress and continues to get stronger, with a very fast CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) headed towards Earth.

When the ejection is directed towards the Earth and reaches it as an interplanetary CME (ICME), the shock wave of the Coronal Mass Ejection causes a geomagnetic storm that may disrupt the Earth's magnetosphere.
This process can cause particularly strong aurorae in large regions around Earth's magnetic poles. These are also known as the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) in the northern hemisphere, and the Southern Lights (aurora australis) in the southern hemisphere.
Coronal mass ejections, along with solar flares of other origin, can disrupt radio transmissions and cause damage to satellites and electrical transmission line facilities, resulting in potentially massive and long-lasting power outages.

We are expecting a massive Sun Storm heading our way. This will bring us great opportunity to see the Northern Lights (Southern Lights). We wish it will not disrupt our communications, transmissions or other electrical devices.

HERE is an Infographic from Karl Tate at Space.com that explains the phenomena.
Wikiinfo: CME (Coronal Mass Ejection)