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Unexpected solar storm with ‘destructive potential’ hits Earth

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A stream of supercharged particles from the Sun recently crashed into the Earth without prior warning. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

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Scientists were recently puzzled after a “potentially destructive” solar storm hit Earth without warning.

An unexpected solar storm hit Earth shortly before midnight UTC June 25 and continued through most of June 26. spaceweather.com (will open in a new tab). Scientists have classified it as a G1 storm, which means it was strong enough to create slight power grid fluctuations, cause minor satellite interference, disrupt the navigational ability of some migratory animals, and cause unusually strong auroras.

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