Solar storm: NASA captures the moment a sunspot 'explodes'

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The coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field on October 12 at approximately 03:30am. It sparked a G2-class geomagnetic storm that is now underway.

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Space Watch Weather Prediction Center (SWWPC) warned that the storm is classed as moderate, but even that can cause power grid fluctuations and high-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms as the storm continues to build.

This could cause satellite orientation irregularities which could be devastating for billions on earth as fears of internet outages and disruption to global communication still look like a possibility as the solar storm’s increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites has not been ruled out by SWWPC.

The storm is now stil building and is expected to last until 16:00pm. 

But while the storm could cause major disturption, it also comes with a beautiful benefit. 

Along with the solar storm, a stunning Aurora, which is known to most as the Northern Lights, was on display across parts of the US and was even more spectacular than usual in places where it is usually sighted. 

In its strom warning issue, the NOAA also mentioned that the aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.

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