Solar storm: UK facing power shortage 'in next few hours' after 'big eruption from Sun'

Solar storm: UK facing power shortage 'in next few hours' after 'big eruption from Sun'

Solar storm: UK facing power shortage ‘in next few hours’ after ‘big eruption from Sun’

The Daily Express says the G2-level solar storm, also known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), struck the Earth’s magnetic field on October 12 at approximately 3:30am.

But while the CME has already struck, it is still unclear what the full extent of the damage could be.

Mathew Owens, Professor of Space Physics at The University of Reading told Express.co.uk: “A CME is like a big eruption from the Sun that comes to Earth.

“It’s a bit like a snowplough in that it pushes all the material ahead of it.

“At the moment the Earth is still sat in those piles of snow ahead and we haven’t really hit the main storm.

“The next few hours will tell us how the storm will develop.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1504733/solar-storm-update-uk-facing-power-shortage-big-eruption-sun-northern-lights-aurora-space


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