07 Mar '12, 11pm

Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

The largest solar storm in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights. -- PHOTO: AFP/NASA WASHINGTON (AP) - The largest solar storm in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights. The sun erupted on Tuesday evening, and the effects should start smacking Earth between 1am and 5am EST on Thursday (2pm and 6pm Singapore time), according to forecasters at the United States government's Space Weather Prediction Center. They say the storm, which started with a massive solar flare, is growing as it speeds outward from the sun. 'It's hitting us right in the nose,' said Joe Kunches, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He called it the sun's version...

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