Solar flares could interfere with radio and satellite

WE are being warned to be prepared for interruptions to power, radios and satellites in coming days.

Experts say the combined energy from two recent solar events will hit Earth on Saturday.

Q13 Fox reported that every now and then the sun spits out a giant burst of radiation called a coronal mass ejection, or CME.


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CMEs are sometimes associated with solar flares (pictured courtesy of nasa.gov), the most explosive events in the solar system. The sun has released two CMEs in the past two days and both are linked to solar flares.

NASA said the second is in the most intense category.

Space weather experts aren’t sure yet what this solar storm will do.

It might be a good idea to keep a torch and candles close by. Solar storms can knock out power, interfere with GPS and radio communications — including those on commercial airliners — and they can damage satellites.

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