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>Geomagnetic storm activity expected from around 6pm and could last 24 hours.
>Possible disruption to power grids and satellites.
>Flights over polar regions face being rerouted.
This astonishing sequence of images shows a dramatic 'flare' bursting out from the sun which could affect satellite communications and power supplies here on Earth. The spectacular development unleashed a radiation firestorm on a level not seen for five years which is expected to cause a 'moderate' geomagnetic storm when it reaches Earth. Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the event which combines a flare, a coronal mass ejection (CME) and a minor radiation storm.
The Space Weather Prediction Centre said the event is 'expected to cause G1 (minor) to G2 (moderate) levels of geomagnetic storm activity today, beginning around 1800 GMT'.
The Sun put on yet another spectacular light show today with a massive solar flare captured in high definition by NASA’s space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory. The solar eruption resulted in a massive plasma cloud being ejected from the Sun. Footage of the solar blast, classed an M2 Class Event, shows the eruption from sunspot 1226 blanketing almost one third of the solar disk. The flare occurred at 6.41 A.M. GMT. today. The US National Weather Service (NWS) today warned that the solar flare, one of the largest to occur since December 2006, will lead to Gemagnetic Storm activity tomorrow, Wednesday. The NWS stated: “A dramatic eruption from an otherwise unimpressive NOAA Region 1226 earlier today is expected to cause G1 (minor) to G2 (moderate) levels of Geomagnetic Storm activity tomorrow, June 8, beginning around 1800 UTC with the passage of a fast CME. A prompt Solar Radiation Storm reached the S1 (minor) level soon after the impulsive R1 (minor) Radio Blackout at 0641 UTC. The Solar Radiation Storm includes a significant contribution of high energy (>100 MeV) protons, the first such occurrence of an event of that type since December 2006.” In 1989, a geomagnetic storm energised ground induced currents which disrupted electric power distribution throughout most of Quebec province in Canada and produced aurorae as far south as Texas in the USA.