When The Sun Unleashed Its Recent Plasma Blast, Earth Got Lucky

What a predicted 2013 blast from the sun could mean for the U.S.

On Tuesday, the biggest solar flare in four years erupted from the sun, sending a mass of charged particles hurtling towards Earth. NASA announced that it was an M-2 (medium-sized) flare and an S1-class (minor) radiation storm. The electromagnetic pulse it induced created amazing auroras, but it could also damage satellites and radio communications. What would happen with an even stronger, larger flare? Something terrible…

And click here to see the amazing video of this week’s massive solar belch.

Before the Impact: Coronal Mass Ejection
After Impact: The Surge
Defense Systems
Defense Systems That Won't Warn Us
The Possible Fallout
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