March 7th, 2012
05:50 PM ET

Solar storm heads for Earth

U.S. politics had its "Super Tuesday" yesterday, and so did the sun, says Joseph Kunches from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.

That's because the sun had two solar flares associated with two coronal mass ejections. Coronal mass ejections involve massive amounts of energy and charged particles shooting out of the sun, and can cause problems if directed at Earth, as was the case over the last couple of days.

This event may stir up a geomagnetic storm, and lead to disruptions to high-frequency radio communications, global positioning systems and power grids, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said Wednesday. The peak of the storm is expected to hit Thursday morning; it may gradually diminish by Friday morning.

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  1. muhammad

    how can a so called meterologist call the solar flares "gross' and like 'bad breath' you are so dumb or unaware of the sun significance to earth,just a simple reminder with out the sun there would be no life on earth'no life' think about it,and no i am not a sun worshipper,and yes I believe in GOD,and i take it that don't.Next time have a little respect for the sun 'life on earth depends on it" use "gross' on your peers" see if they like the word.

    March 15, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • chuang tzu

      calm down son. the sun is so huge it would hardly take offense. and who are you to speak for the sun?

      March 22, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. mikenet

    It seems there is a lot of solar activity and a lot of earthquakes happening at the same time ,plus alarge increase in ufo sightings? I wonder if they are quing up for grandstand seats to watch the end of there experiment ?????

    March 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SteadyDonkey

    Most exciting.

    March 26, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Davkar

    I hate it when articles that are almost a month old are headlined as if they are current news. I thought this link was because of a new solar storm – not the one from March 7 that was supposed to destroy the cell phone network – but didn't. The northern lights in Canada were quite spectacular though.

    March 30, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. mdupoise

    I have GREAT respect for Suzzane Malveaux and this comment is nothing to do with her but her co-host. Can we PLEASE get our SCIENCE explanations from someone who is actually able to explain the theories without using terms like "lugie" not even a word and comparing a CME and Sun activity to BAD BREATH? What is this a bad attempt at the Blue Collar Comedy Tour? I expect much more from my news sources...no bling, propoerly dressed and serious. Thank you.

    April 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mdupoise

    Please pardon the mis-spellings... 🙂

    April 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gene

    storm aint half as bad as the liberal krap we get polluted with each day.....

    April 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
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