Major Solar Storm
Date: Thursday, October 30 @ 08:29:53 UTC
The most powerful solar storm in decades continued to buffet Earth Thursday morning while another major storm appeared headed for the planet by Friday. The back-to-back pairing of two historically huge flares is unprecedented, one physicist says.
There is a chance the two storms could join forces as the second one catches up with the first.
The initial blast of solar material temporarily disabled one satellite, caused radio blackouts that affected airline traffic, and forced power grid managers to take safety precautions by reducing transmissions. It would have been worse, said Joe Kunches, the SEC's lead forecaster, if not for the ability to predict the storm's timing and intensity.
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