Fierce 2012 magnetic storm barely missed Earth: Earth dodged huge magnetic bullet from the sun

On July 23, 2012, a huge magnetic storm propelled by two nearly simultaneous coronal mass ejections on the sun plowed through Earth’s orbit. Luckily, Earth was on the other side of the sun at the time. Had the outburst hit Earth, however, it would have rivaled the largest magnetic storm to strike Earth in recorded history, possibly wreaking havoc with the electrical grid, satellites and GPS.

from Space & Time News — ScienceDaily http://ift.tt/1j0As2a

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