Earth hit with largest solar radiation storm since 2003
This January 23 image, captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows an M9-class solar flare erupting on the sun.
January 25th, 2012
12:10 AM ET

Earth hit with largest solar radiation storm since 2003

Material from a Sunday solar eruption hit the Earth on Tuesday, helping to create the planet's strongest solar radiation storm in more than eight years, NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center said.

The eruption also has caused a minor geomagnetic storm, expected to continue at least through Tuesday. Together, the storms could affect GPS systems, other satellite systems and radio communications near the poles, the SWPC and NASA said.

The storms prompted some airlines to divert planes from routes near the north pole, where radio communications may be affected and passengers at high altitudes may be at  "a higher than normal radiation risk," the SWPC said.

soundoff (11 Responses)

    Solar flares have serious effects on human living conditions NO BRAINER

    January 25, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • RAGE Against the Machine!

      Not "No brainer"
      Try a Fried Brain!

      January 25, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Still waiting

    We need massive storage batteries! Big ones! And we don't have anything like that yet.
    We need batteries big enough to power a large city for a year. We could grab all this extra electricity and store it.
    Currently we waste gigawatts because we have no way of storing excess current.
    This solar storm will add gigawatts to the grid giving headaches to some power companies.
    Energy is falling from the sky and we don't have a bucket!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. **cosmicVox *

    ...CooL ... We need a bucket list ...

    January 25, 2012 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. gimes

    2012..get your bomb shelter, guns and canned goods ready..i bet the 1% will be in a panic mode if s** goes down..ppl that have nothing to lose will prevail if anything does happen..i would really like to go back to the primitive age where only the strong would survive and the weak would die or gather berries

    January 25, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    If I lived on the sun, I'd be scared to death.

    January 25, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Tingle


      Stupis Henny Penny's. This crap has being going on for a billion years, and will go on a billion more.

      January 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oliver

      I was in your shoes not too long ago Definately talk to your landlord IF he feels like you're being hosent and upfront (and has advance warning) he's more likely to work with you It absolutely BITES, but consider trying your local food pantry/Salvation Army for food assistance If you're in Kingman, stop by and I'll feed you dinner

      August 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |

    2012 = the end is here...

    January 28, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Zuhaha

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    August 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. andrew_paul111

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    October 8, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |