Tech & Science Daily: Sun’s ‘canyon of fire’ shoots solar storms at Earth

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Example of earlier super-hot ‘flares’ erupting near Sun’s surface, captured by Esa and Nasa’s British-built Solar Orbiter satellite. (Solar Orbiter/ESA/NASA)
Example of earlier super-hot ‘flares’ erupting near Sun’s surface, captured by Esa and Nasa’s British-built Solar Orbiter satellite. (Solar Orbiter/ESA/NASA)

Electromagnetic explosions on the Sun’s surface have sparked what’s described as a “canyon of fire” that’s due to blast Earth with three days of solar storms.

The good news is experts say the electrically-conducting plasma zaps are likely to be mild, while Nasa has warned of weak power grid fluctuations and minor disruptions to satellite operations.

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