Second Solar Storm Hits Earth, May Produce Expanded Auroras

September 13, 2014 6:01 AM

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Second Solar Storm Hits Earth, May Produce Expanded Auroras

The northern part of the U.S. will witnesses now an exciting rare event. Because of the latest solar events, auroras may be visible in Pennsylvania. Tonight, a second solar storm has hit the Earth. While one consequence of these powerful solar events is represented by the occurrence of auroras, the other is not so pleasant. Power networks and satellite communications might be affected by the altered degree of geomagnetism.

“G2-G3 geomagnetic storms can cause some problems for the (power) grid but are typically very manageable,” wrote NOAA space weather forecaster Bill Murtagh Thursday in an email to USA Today. “We may also see some anomalies with satellites so satellite operators around the world have been notified. A...

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