So, in the instance we lose power globally and everything plunges into chaos, if you’re ever in post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh, I’m not going anywhere.
Anyway, for those of you living in northern regions near the poles, enjoy the aura tonight! Excuse me while I run out to the grocery store and fight old ladies for the last pack of TP and water. They’ll become gold, you know?
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.
One of these coronal mass ejections is the strongest since December 2006, NOAA said. The equivalent of 10 billion tons of highly charged particles are hurtling at a rate of…
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