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    Solar Tsunami may hit Britain

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    NASA announced recently that Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”. Earth to be hit by space tsunami after explosion on the sun on 3rd August, 2010. Experts estimate the wave of supercharged gas will reach us when it will buffet the natural magnetic shield protecting Earth.

    Solar Tsunami.

    “It’s the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time.” Scientists have warned that a really big solar eruption could destroy satellites and wreck power and communications grids around the globe if it happened.

    Solar Tsunami

    The solar fireworks were recorded by several satellites, including Nasa’s new Solar Dynamics Observatory which watched its shock wave rippling outwards. Astronomers from all over the world witnessed the huge flare above a giant sunspot the size of the Earth, which they linked to an even larger eruption across the surface of Sun. The explosion, called a coronal mass ejection, was aimed directly towards Earth, which then sent a “solar tsunami” racing 93 million miles across space.

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    Experts Statements on Solar Tsunami

    Dr Lucie Green, of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Surrey, followed the flare-ups using Japan’s orbiting Hinode telescope.”What wonderful fireworks the Sun has been producing,” the UK solar expert said. “This was a very rare event – not one, but two almost simultaneous eruptions from different locations on the sun were launched toward the Earth.”These eruptions occur when immense magnetic structures in the solar atmosphere lose their stability and can no longer be held down by the Sun’s huge gravitational pull. Just like a coiled spring suddenly being released, they erupt into space.” She added: “It looks like the first eruption was so large that it changed the magnetic fields throughout half the Sun’s visible atmosphere and provided the right conditions for the second eruption.

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    This means it is a very good chance of seeing major and prolonged effects, such as the northern lights at low latitudes.

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    One Comment

    1. shane ryans says:

      I heard about it this morning. I am really excited to see it. I also had just watched a show regarding these on discovery not last week.

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