In Pictures: What’s up with these solar storms?

Solar storms are raging, how will the impact Earth?

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From the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory on March 8, 2012 shows a strong geomagnetic storm is racing from the Sun toward Earth. The Earth's magnetosphere protects us from most of the particles the sun emits, NASA says. When a CME or high-speed stream arrives at Earth it buffets the magnetosphere. If the arriving solar magnetic field is directed southward it interacts strongly with the oppositely oriented magnetic field of the Earth.

Credit: Reuters

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