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On Thursday, an unusual magnetic storm emitting from the sun had the potential to impact Earth and cause noticeable damage and disruptions.

On April 14, Dubbed the “sun’s wrath,” the CESSI (Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India) tweeted this week about the detection of energy expulsions, hypothesizing a “very high probability of Earth impact.”

The solar activity is what scientists call a geomagnetic storm, which produces a “magnetic discharge” of Coronal Mass Ejections.

The solar flares create a show of lights called auroras on the bright side.

“While the storms create beautiful aurora, they also can disrupt navigation systems such as the Global Navigation Satellite System and create harmful geomagnetic induced currents in the power grid and pipelines,” according to the NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration).

Coronal Mass Ejections are magnetic fields and plasma fields emitted from the sun’s corona.

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA had tracked these emissions from the sun before, including some from just two weeks ago that were near misses, but this storm is different.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration says this kind of storm is a “major disturbance of Earth’s magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind into space environment surrounding Earth.”

For further updates, please stay tuned.

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