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Keeping an Eye and Ear on a Sun Belch

Keeping an Eye and Ear on a Sun Belch

Communications companies are watching for possible effects of a sun belch.
A huge solar flare, one of the biggest recorded, began hitting Earth early today (Wednesday), according to CNN. The resulting geomagnetic storm could affect satellite radio communications as well as electrical systems on the ground. A possible side effect is an increase in visibility of the northern and southern lights.
Scientists told CNN the shockwave first hit Earth around 1 a.m. EST Wednesday and that its effects would abate early Thursday.