Surprise solar storm with ‘disruptive potential’ slams into Earth

A stream of supercharged particles from the sun recently crashed into Earth with no prior warning. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

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Scientists were recently left scratching their heads after a “potentially disruptive” solar storm smashed into Earth without warning.

The surprise solar storm hit Earth just before midnight UTC June 25 and continued throughout most of June 26, according to Spaceweather.com (opens in new tab). Scientists classified it as a G1-class storm, which means it was strong enough to create weak power grid fluctuations, cause minor impacts to satellite operation, disrupt the navigational abilities of some migrating animals, and cause unusually strong. auroras.

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