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An extremely fast coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading straight for Earth tomorrow, Jan. 24, according to NASA.

A CME is a violent, and quite sudden, release of gas and magnetic fields from our Sun.

This solar flare, an M8.7-class, would be the strongest solar radiation storm since September 2005, according to NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. And it’s traveling at 1,400 miles per second. Wow!

According to Spaceweather.com, “M-class flares are medium-sized; they can cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth’s polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow an M-class flare.

Learn more about these powerful storms here.