SPACE.com reports that a massive solar flare magnetic storm that erupted from the sun late yesterday is unleashing one of the most powerful solar storms in more than five years, a solar tempest that may potentially interfere with satellites in orbit and power grids when it reaches Earth.
Several spacecraft caught videos of the solar flare magnetic storm as it hurled a wave of solar plasma and charged particles, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), into space. The CME is not expected to hit Earth directly, but the cloud of charged particles could deliver a glancing blow to the planet.
Early predictions estimate that the CME will reach Earth , with the effects likely lasting for 24 hours, and possibly lingering into Friday. The solar flare magnetic storm may have big impact on satellites, power grids, and airplanes.