The largest solar flare in five years is on its way to Earth. Although the solar storm will not be dangerous to humans, it could unleash particles that cause disruption to GPS, airplane flights and power grids. The huge solar flare erupted on Tuesday evening and the wave is expected to hit Earth between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. EST on Thursday.
Massive solar flare due to hit Earth on Thursday – NASA
According to the Space Weather Prediction Center, the massive solar storm 2012 is the biggest our planet has seen in the past five years. The giant solar flare is on a direct path to smack into our planet. “It’s hitting us right in the nose,” said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Joe Kunches, jokingly calling it the sun’s version of “Super Tuesday.”
TheÂ largest solar storm the Earth has seen since 2005 is currently battering the planet, forcing planes to be re-routed, causing power fluctuations and playing havoc with the Global Positioning System (GPS). The 2012 solar storm currently smacking the Earth is the result of a massive solar flare that erupted from the sun around 11PM EST on Sunday.
Â The huge solar flare was rated an M-9 class eruption, which is just one level below the most powerful typle, an X-class flare. As a result of the flare, the earth is being bombarded by three waves of a solar storm from the sun. First the planet was hit by electromagnetic radiation, then a flood of protons and, finally, a coronal mass ejection (CME). The CME struck the Earth’s magnetic field on Tuesday at approximately 10AM EST.