The Sun Is Bombarding Earth With Radiation From Solar Storm

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Our very own sun is unleashing huge amounts of radiation at the Earth due to the largest solar flares we have seen in 6 years. We here on the surface of the planet won’t really feel the effects, but astronauts in space and satellites, even some polar traveling airplanes will be affected by the solar storms.

The image above shows the gigantic explosion on the sun that is causing the heavy solar flares. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said that the solar storms could cause some blackouts and will actually pull the Northern lights farther south, which is pretty cool for those of us living too far south to normally see them.

Radiation from Sunday’s flare arrived at Earth an hour later and will likely continue through Wednesday. Levels are considered strong but other storms have been more severe. There are two higher levels of radiation on NOAA’s storm scale — severe and extreme. Still, this storm is the strongest for radiation since May 2005. The protons that are being fired out of the sun are traveling at a cruising speed of 93 million miles an hour. That’s fast.

Check out the infra-red image below of the sun to also see the eruption. For more on the storms and the threat of radiation, check out our friends at [NatGeo]

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Scott St. John

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I have worked in the media for over 30 years as a Producer,director, cameraman,photographer and in publicity. I have worked for the four major television networks and for over 20 different cable networks. From American Idol to the Today Show to HBO Documentaries to the Academy Awards, I have been fortunate to work at the highest professional level in television. As a photographer, my work has been published or seen online in magazines such as Maxim, Stuff, Us weekly, InTouch,Gotham, Shock, OK magazine and more. My work has taken me to the four corners of the world from Africa to South America to Europe to Japan. It's been a great run and I am happy to be on board with the News Burner team.

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