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.