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Averting a Major Solar Storm

Two years ago, the Earth luckily averted a potential catastrophe, when there was the most powerful solar storm in 150 years, rivaling the Carrington Event of 1859. Blasting out from the sun on July 22, 2012 were two gigantic coronal mass ejections (CMEs). If they'd erupted one week earlier, Earth would have been in the direct line of fire, and likely suffered major damages to the power grid. More here.

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