Surprise solar storm with ‘disruptive potential’ hits Earth

Surprise solar storm with ‘disruptive potential’ hits Earth

A stream of supercharged particles from the sun recently crashed into Earth without prior warning. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

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Scientists were scratching their heads recently after a “potentially disruptive” solar storm crashed into Earth without warning.

The surprise solar storm hit Earth just before midnight UTC on June 25 and continued for most of June 26, according to Spaceweather.com (opens in a new tab). Scientists classified it as a class G1 storm, meaning it was strong enough to create small fluctuations in the power grid, cause minor impacts to satellite operation, disrupt the navigational abilities of some migratory animals and cause auroras.

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