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August 25 2013

Sun Unleashes Another Solar Storm Aimed at Earth


The sun fired off an intense solar storm at Earth Wednesday (Aug. 21) the second in two days hurtling billions of tons of charged particles at our planet, but should not pose a threat to people on the ground, NASA says.

The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred yesterday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That's just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth within the next three days.

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