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. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Don't worry people. Just put on your tin foil hats and you'll be alright.

    March 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • P3D0-B3AR

      *Running around in circles*

      I lost mine! What do I do?! WHAT DO I DO?!

      March 8, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Talk about frying your brains...

      March 8, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      I've heard that scrambled eggs and brains is good. EWWWWWW

      March 8, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ P3DO B3AR

      Just continue with what you're doing. You'll be fine. I'll go get help.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. This_blank

    Looks like even the sun is getting sick of humanitys war-mongering its getting ready to show us a real thermo-nuclear blast!

    March 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    Raise the shields, mr. worf

    March 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    Lets lay on the beach naked?

    March 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • P3D0-B3AR

      Don't forget your SPF 15.

      March 8, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    Wow it's amost Friday night. Time to get setup for my Corona mass ejection.

    March 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. happy

    WELL TIME TO BREAK OUT THE BACKUP GENERATOR HONEY!

    March 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AMERICA 1st

    Beam me up, Scotty. Theres no intelligent life on this planet!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. The Prophet

    as predicted by me last week here is your solar flair delivered by the son, whats next you may ask? read my post from last week and you will learn of this, all i can tell you there will be massive earthquakes. Our athmosphere will be hit by this burst of energy thence stretching and pooling transfering this energy to our tactonic plates thus cousing massive eruptions yealoow stone is one of them Auguts 21, 2012 read my last week post.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • P3D0-B3AR

      Blah blah blah. All i want to know is when is the Mothership coming to take us home? 😉

      March 8, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The voices will go away after you take your medicine.

      March 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. P3D0-B3AR

    Marion, don't look at it. Shut your eyes, Marion. Don't look at it, no matter what happens!

    March 8, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. High Hopes (if not for you)

    Prophet?

    Jesus 'predicted" it over 2,000 yrars ago!

    😀

    Just making sure everybody's alright...

    Don't worry, God will bring to ruin
    those ruining the earth... soon.

    Be There!

    March 8, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • P3D0-B3AR

      PARTY ON!!!!

      Has anyone seen Socrates? We lost him again.

      March 8, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Music lover

      Maybe you read my response too deeply. You stated "Don't worry, God will bring to ruin
      those ruining the earth... soon." I stated "Acutally god doesn't have to do it. We are doing a pretty good job by ourselves."

      My statement was agreeing with your statement. Since Mankind is already destroying the Earth we are already in the process of " ruining those ruining the earth"

      March 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Music lover

    Acutally god doesn't have to do it. We are doing a pretty good job by ourselves.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes (if not for you)

      Get REAL!

      We've got oil in our gulf, war in THE gulf, genocides being committed, half the world is starving, animals are going extinct, a new fangled disease outbreak every few years, corrupted government everywhere and th
      e whole world, except China who has a whole different set of problem; an
      d you think we're doing fine for ourselves?

      What planet are you on?

      March 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. High Hopes (if not for you)

    Get REAL!

    We've got oil in our gulf, war in THE gulf, genocides being committed, half the world is starving, animals are going extinct, a new fangled disease outbreak every few years, corrupt government everywhere and the whole world is broke; except China who has a whole different set of problems, and you think we're doing fine for ourselves?

    (Whewww that was a mouthful)

    What planet are you on?

    March 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. High Hopes (if not for you)

    Get REAL!

    😀

    We've got oil in our gulf, war in THE gulf, genocides being committed, half the world is starving, animals are going extinct, there's a new fangled disease outbreak every few years, corrupt governments everywhere and the whole world is broke; except China who has a whole different set of problems, and you think we're doing fine for ourselves?

    (Whewww that was a mouthful)

    What planet are you on?

    March 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. High Hopes (if not for you)

    Need I mention radical bubbles???

    And, please don't tell me you're not
    effected cause you wear an aluminum
    foil hat!

    😀

    @bobcat in a hat:

    You believe this girl?

    I want whatever she's smokin'!

    We're doin' just fine...

    Sounds like something Paris Hilton
    would say... say, at about four o'clock
    in the MORNING!

    (my apologies to the Hilton family)

    O×O

    March 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ~BAKED ALASKA~

    I'm meeeeeelting ...

    March 9, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
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