Sun Erupts With Second Coronal Mass Ejection In Two Days

by Rachel Baker on August 23, 2013

The Sun has sent a second massive solar storm hurtling towards earth, after having just had a similar eruption, sending billions of particles hurtling towards earth. NASA says that life on earth is in no danger, but it might be a rough ride for some satellites.

The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred Wednesday at 1:24 a.m. ET and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That’s just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million kilometers per hour). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth within the next three days.

“These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground,” NASA officials explained in a statement.

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