A huge expulsion of plasma and magnetism from the sun has been found in satellite data. The explosion is known as coronal mass ejection (CME) and occurs when the magnetic field at the center of our solar system becomes unstable. The CME was identified by NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft, with some claiming the ejection looked like a Star Trek doomsday machine.
The Doomsday machine was a mechanical giant of space, with a giant round opening and a long, unconscious tail.
Thanks to Earth, the CME was removed from the Earth side.
Astronomy site Space Weather said: “Doomsday machine-shaped coronal mass ejection (CME) dropped from the sun early October 24th.
“It will not hit the earth. The source of the explosion was a magnetic filament near the northeastern limbs of the sun, which became unstable and exploded.”
If the storm hit Earth, it could have caused auroras at the North or South Pole.
Auroras are created when a stream of magnetic particles hits the earth’s magnetic ield which reflects it.
As the particles are reflected they create a stunning green and blue light display on the echelons above or below the planet.
The consequences, however, can be far more severe than in the northern or southern lights.
Solar particles can expand the Earth’s atmosphere.
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However, another major solar storm could occur, prompting researchers to urge policymakers to invest in better infrastructure to monitor our host star.
A recent study by Russia’s Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology states: “A major solar storm could shut down electricity, television broadcasting, the Internet and radio communications, with significant effects on many areas of life.
“According to some experts, the damage from such an extreme event could be up to a few trillion dollars and it could take up to 10 years to restore the infrastructure and the economy.
“Therefore, it is crucial to understand and predict the most dangerous extreme events to protect society and technology against the global threat of space weather.”