(Phys.org ) On March 15, 2013, at 2:54 a.m. EDT, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME), a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space and can reach Earth one to three days later and affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground.

“A Nation Forsaken” shows just how vulnerable the American way of life is to events on the surface of the sun, 98 million miles away.

Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) and ESA/NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, show that the CME left the sun at speeds of around 900 miles per second, which is a fairly fast speed for CMEs. Historically, CMEs at this speed have caused mild to moderate effects at Earth.

WND-TV: Coronal mass ejection from sun headed toward Earth

Solar phenomenon's billions of tons of particles can affect electronic systems ...more

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