Huge solar flare heading toward Earth, may disrupt satellites, power grids, airplanesWed Mar 7, 12:40 p.m. EST: +SPACE.com
reports that a massive solar flare that erupted from the sun late yesterday is unleashing one of the most powerful solar storms in more than five years, a solar tempest that may potentially interfere with satellites in orbit and power grids when it reaches Earth.
spacecraft caught videos of the solar flare as it hurled a wave of solar plasma and charged particles, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), into space. The CME is not expected to hit Earth directly, but the cloud of charged particles could deliver a glancing blow to the planet.
Early predictions estimate that the CME will reach Earth tomorrow at 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT), with the effects likely lasting for 24 hours, and possibly lingering into Friday.More: http://www.space.com/14818-solar-flare-magnetic-storm-satellites.htmlVideo: http://www.space.com/14817-geomagnetic-storm-solar-flare-tempest-video.htmlImage:
X5.4 Solar Flare, March 7, 2012 (+NASA