Solar flare could cause interference and power surges

Posted on: 11:13 am, August 21, 2013, by , updated on: 11:40am, August 21, 2013

Screenshot_7A massive burst of particles from the sun could cause some satellite interference in the next day or so.

What you see outside the black circle, here, is a picture of a coronal mass ejection, or CME, directed at earth.

The picture was taken with a satellite-mounted instrument called the “Lasco.”

It uses a disk to block light coming directly from the sun to get a clear picture of the sun’s outer atmosphere.

The CME can cause natural light displays in Earth’s atmosphere called “aurora.”

It can also create a magnetic storm, affecting communication signals on earth and causing electrical surges in power grids.

Source – CNN