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Solar Flares

Discover the captivating world of solar flares and their impact on Earth. Explore the science behind solar flares and learn how they can affect our technology and communication systems.
Are We Prepared for a Catastrophic Solar Storm? | Popular Science Cosmos, Jupiter Planeta, Eruption Solaire, Solar Activity, E Mc2, Space Pictures, Space Pics, Space And Astronomy, Hubble Space

One of the biggest disasters we face would begin about 18 hours after the sun spit out a 10-billion-ton ball of plasma--something it has done before and is sure to do again. When the ball, a charged cloud of particles called a coronal mass ejection (CME), struck the Earth, electrical currents would spike through the power grid. Transformers would be destroyed. Lights would go out. Food would spoil and--since the entire transportation system would also be shut down--go unrestocked.

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