The title is purposefully sarcastic to highlight the ‘just’ of what the pros are saying regarding today’s never before seen explosion on the sun. Not that the sun has never released huge solar flares or coronal-mass-ejections, it does it quite frequently… it’s that this one in particular very effectively illustrates the risk that we face here on earth if the sun decides to blow off an extraordinary solar flare and/or a billowing explosion of electro-magnetic particles of radiation in our direction.
The huge solar flare which exploded between 0630 and 0930 UTC during June 7, will likely lead to a radiation storm later during June 8 here on earth.
“The large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down looking as if it covered an area of almost half the solar surface,” said a NASA statement.
“In a day or so from now we are expecting some of that material to impact us here on Earth and create a geomagnetic storm.”
“The Solar Radiation Storm includes a significant contribution of high energy protons, the first such occurrence of an event of that type since December 2006.”
The resulting geomagnetic storm could cause some disruption in power grids, satellites that operate global positioning systems and other devices, and may lead to some rerouting of flights over the polar regions.
The aurora borealis (Northern Lights) and aurora australis (Southern Lights) will also likely be visible in the late hours of June 8 or 9, NASA said.
Quote from helioviewer.org
“I’ve never seen anything like this before – spectacular”
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