Massive Solar Storm Blasts Radiation Toward Earth Strongest Since 2005 -- News Story





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Published on Jan 24, 2012

Solar Storm Now Hitting Earth, Called Strongest Since 2005, Could Affect Astronauts thoughts


Reports say the sun is bombarding Earth with radiation from the biggest solar storm in more than six years with more to come from the fast-moving eruption.It was said that the solar flare occurred at about 11 p.m. EST Sunday and will hit Earth with three different effects at three different times. The biggest issue is radiation, according to reports.The radiation is mostly a concern for satellite disruptions and astronauts in space. It can cause communication problems for polar-traveling airplanes, said a space weather center physicist .Radiation from Sunday's flare arrived at Earth an hour later and will likely continue through Wednesday. Levels are considered strong but other storms have been more severe. There are two higher levels of radiation on NOAA's storm scale -- severe and extreme according to reports. Still, this storm is the strongest for radiation since May 2005.The radiation in the form of protons came flying out of the sun at 93 million miles per hour."The whole volume of space between here and Jupiter is just filled with protons and you just don't get rid of them like that," it was said.NASA's flight surgeons and solar experts examined the solar flare's expected effects and decided that the six astronauts on the International Space Station do not have to do anything to protect themselves from the radiation a spokesman said. Reports say a solar eruption is followed by a one-two-three punch.First comes electromagnetic radiation, followed by radiation in the form of protons.Then, finally the coronal mass ejection that's the plasma from the sun itself hits. Usually that travels at about 1 or 2 million miles per hour, but this storm is particularly speedy and is shooting out at 4 million miles per hour reports say.It's the plasma that causes much of the noticeable problems on Earth, such as electrical grid outages. In 1989, a solar storm caused a massive blackout in Quebec. It can also pull the northern lights further south.
But this coronal mass ejection seems likely to be only moderate, with a chance for becoming strong it was said. The worst of the storm is likely to go north of Earth.And unlike last October, when a freak solar storm caused auroras to be seen as far south as Alabama, the northern lights aren't likely to dip too far south this time reports said. Parts of New England, upstate New York, northern Michigan, Montana and the Pacific Northwest could see an aurora but not until Tuesday evening according to reports.For the past several years the sun had been quiet, almost too quiet. Part of that was the normal calm part of the sun's 11-year cycle of activity. Last year, scientists started to speculate that the sun was going into an unusually quiet cycle that seems to happen maybe once a century or so.

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