A huge solar storm is heading for Earth, and it could hit as early as today. It was created last week by an enormous explosion in the sun’s atmosphere, known as a solar flare. That sent charged particles in the Earth’s direction. The arrival of the solar storm coincides with the formation of “equinox cracks” in Earth’s magnetic field, which form around the equinoxes on March 20 and September 23 each year. These cracks weaken our planet’s natural protection against charged particles and could leave commercial flights and GPS systems exposed to the incoming storm. The good news is the Northern lights will be more visible and vibrant. The bad news is solar storms can knock out satellites and disrupt power supplies.
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