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Solar Storm to hit Earth today

New Delhi, 8 March 2012: Earth will witness the Solar Storm today which is expected to hit the atmosphere at a speed of 7.2 million km per hour. It is the strongest solar storm in the last six years and is expected to affect power grids, aeroplane routes, satellites, navigation systems etc.

Solar storms are part of the suns normal cycle in which a wave of charged particles emitted from the sun travels through the space to the planets like a huge soap bubble.

A Solar storm can affect the earth in three ways - When the solar flare reaches the earth it causes radio blackouts, followed by damage in air traffic, satellites etc. Finally the particles can disrupt satellite based GPS systems, powergrids, satellite based agricultural-fishing operations etc.

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