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A CME hit Earth's magnetic field on Sept. 26th, sparking one of the strongest magnetic storms in years. At the peak of the Kp=8 disturbance, auroras were sighted around both poles and more than half a dozen US states. Magnetic reverberations continued for more than 48 hours.
Originally posted by myselfaswell
Quite frightening when you think about it.
"evidence that gusts of solar wind are penetrating Mercury's magnetic field and eroding material off the planet's surface. The spacecraft has actually flown through plumes of ionized sodium scoured from the surface and escaping from weak points in Mercury's magnetosphere." from the article.
Obviously the solar wind will dissipate somewhat before it reaches Earth however this news, for me at least, makes me wonder what the real damage could be if we got a big direct hit.
Cheersedit on 29-9-2011 by myselfaswell because: de-capitalise titleedit on 30-9-2011 by myselfaswell because: more precise title