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article imageMighty solar storm hits Earth August 3 or later

By R. C. Camphausen     Aug 3, 2010 in Environment
Two days ago, the entire Earth-facing side of our sun erupted in tumultuous activity, and NASA scientists have warned that a mass of superhot plasma blasted out of the sun, possibly hitting the earth as early as Tuesday, August 3 (Middle European Time).
After a variety of solar fireworks have been recorded by satellites since last weekend, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that a resulting solar storm will probably hit the earth, possibly starting today.
The Chinese media outlet writes: It appears that the sunspot may have triggered a huge "coronal mass ejection" in which huge amounts of super-hot plasma were spurted towards the earth, which then sent a “solar tsunami” racing 93 million miles across space. Fortunately, the earth's magnetic field protects us from the blast of radiation like this, which is normally expected to wipe out much of the human race. The deadly solar plasma is likely to stream down the planetary field lines towards the poles, crashing into oxygen and nitrogen atoms in the atmosphere and so lighting them up to form aurora.
While the Xinhua report sounds tumultuous enough, a website called UFO Blogger has the following explanation for what has happened and is happening. There was a C3-class solar flare, a solar tsunami, multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more.
The latter site has a short video of the flare that occurred on August 1.
The Telegraph even writes that "Scientists have warned that a really big solar eruption could destroy satellites and wreck power and communications grids around the globe if it happened today." However, such pessimism is not reflected in the rest of the article nor by the scientists speaking about the current situation.
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