Latest News:  
Beijing   Overcast/Cloudy    6 / -1   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>Science

Strong solar storm heading for Earth (2)

(Chinadaily.com.cn)

08:22, March 09, 2012

NASA handout image shows the Sun acquired by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on March 8, 2012. (chinadaily.com.cn/Agencies)

This is probably the strongest such event in nearly six years, and is likely more intense than a similar storm in late January, said Joseph Kunches, a space weather specialist at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This solar disturbance is a three-stage affair, or as Kunches said in a telephone interview from Boulder, Colorado: "We hit the trifecta."

These are the stages he described, with the first two already affecting Earth:

* First, two solar flares moving at nearly the speed of light reached Earth late on Tuesday. Such flares can cause radio blackouts.

【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:雪萌)

Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Guangzhou beats Jeonbuk 5-1 in AFC Champions League

  2. Group wedding held to mark Int'l Women's Day in Quanzhou, Fujian

  3. A journey in North Tibet: Potala Palace

  4. North Korea, a beautiful, bright country

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Chinese products bring benefits to U.S. consumers
  2. Is international 'hot money' flowing into China?
  3. China's economy to roar ahead amid global woes
  4. U.S. solution to Syria issue doomed to failure
  5. Trust key to stability on Korean Peninsula
  6. Public will increasingly swaying diplomatic policies
  7. Political dialogue is right solution to Syrian crisis
  8. West's pressure no sway on China's defense budget
  9. Manila returns to usual games of cat and mouse
  10. How should China cope with US return to Asia?

What's happening in China

Taboo subject takes its toll on women

  1. Beijing police detain suspected road-rage killer
  2. Man faces 5 years' jail for bringing in ivory
  3. Apology sought for leak of exam answers
  4. Costly bus stops in Longchang, SW China
  5. Lijiang Airport to take int'l airliners

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai