24 Jan '12, 10am

Strongest solar storm in six years expected to affect airline routes, power grids and satellites

WASHINGTON) - The strongest geomagnetic storm in more than six years was forecast to hit Earth's magnetic field today, and it could affect airline routes, power grids and satellites, the United States Space Weather Prediction Center said. A coronal mass ejection - a big chunk of the Sun's atmosphere - was hurled toward Earth on Sunday, driving energized solar particles at about 5 million miles an hour, about five times faster than solar particles normally travel, the center's Dr Terry Onsager said. "When it hits us, it's like a big battering ram that pushes into Earth's magnetic field," Dr Onsager said from Boulder, Colorado. "That energy causes Earth's magnetic field to fluctuate." This energy can interfere with high frequency radio communications used by airlines to navigate close to the North Pole in flights between North America, Europe and Asia, so some routes may nee...

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