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A Massive Solar Eruption, the Strongest in 7 Years, Has Earth Bracing for a Radiation Storm

• Clay Dillow via

There was a time when one rarely had to worry about incoming doom born of outer space, but that time is not now. Between mysterious space balls, falling satellite after falling satellite after falling satellite, and the buildup to 2013’s solar maximum, the sky seems more threatening all the time these days. Just ask NOAA, which is today warning of the strongest solar storm since 2005 currently en route to Earth, spawned by a massive M8.7 class flare that erupted from the solar surface late last night.

Just shy of 11:00 p.m. eastern U.S. time last night, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory picked up a huge flash of ultraviolet energy resulting from a massive flare erupting form sunspot 1402. The storm was also picked up by the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and the Stereo mission, all of which contributed data to NASA and NOAA.

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