Earth is being bombarded by a fierce solar storm that’s blasting out of a HUGE hole in the sun

 

 

Earth is being bombarded by a fierce solar storm that’s blasting out of a HUGE hole in the sun

Christmas solar storm to batter Earth as flare blasts from massive hole in the sun

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SPACE WEATHER WARNING: A solar flare is heading our way and it’s threatening to wreak havoc with modern life on our planet

22nd December 2016, 12:51 pm

EARTH is being blasted by a flare soaring from a hole in the sun’s atmosphere – and it’s bringing huge geomagnetic storms with it.

The super-fast stream of solar wind hit the Earth’s magnetic field just in time for the winter solstice on Wednesday.

NASA releases awe-inspiring video of solar flareSPACE agency footage filmed by Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a bright, strobe-like flash on the right of the SunAnd it’s whipped up a “moderately” strong geomagnetic storm that could last for several days, according to the US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Geomagnetic storms are behind the awe-inspiring natural phenomenon the Northern Lights.

But they can prove devastating to human civilisation as we know it, experts have warned.

Solar stormThis image provided by NASA shows the Sun unleashing a medium-sized solar flare, a minor radiation storm and a spectacular coronal mass ejection on June 7, 2011. The large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down looking as if it covered an area of almost half the solar surface. The ejection should deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field during the late hours of June 8th or June 9th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras when the CME arrives.A massive flare explodes out of the sun in an incredible NASA pictureCosmic rays are the same phenomenon that cause the Northern Lights (pictured)Getty Images Cosmic rays are the same phenomenon that cause the Northern Lights (pictured)They wreak havoc on navigation systems and cause entire national power grids to grind to a halt.

US president Barack Obama was forced to issue a chilling warning to the nation in preparation for devastating space weather storms earlier this year.

He said: “Extreme space weather events – those that could significantly degrade critical infrastructure – could disable large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, healthcare, and transportation.

“Space weather has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents.”

In this case, the space weather prediction centre has warned that “minor fluctuations” may occur in several US state’s power supplies.

Today’s storm is “broad” and Earth is expected to remain inside it for several days.

It’s good news for Aurora watchers, as the long nights mean more time to watch the incredible plumes of colour across the northern hemisphere.

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