Solar Storm Warning: Sun Shoots X-Flare Outburst at Earth

September 10, 2014 7:11 PM

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Solar Storm Warning: Sun Shoots X-Flare Outburst at Earth

A cantankerous sunspot region erupted with a powerful X1.6-class solar flare at just the wrong time Wednesday. The blast was pointing right at us. That means any resulting outburst of electrically charged particles, known as a coronal mass ejection or CME, could have a disruptive effect.

"Initial information suggests that CME is likely associated with this event, but further analysis is underway at this time," the National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center reported on its Facebook page.

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