The largest solar storm in five years has engulfed Earth, but scientists say the planet has lucked out so far.
The storm arrived more peacefully on Thursday morning than it could have. Scientists say that could change as the storm spends the day shaking the planet's magnetic field. It could disrupt technology but also spread colourful Northern Lights. The storm started with a massive solar flare earlier in the week and grew as it raced outward from the Sun. The storm arrived at Earth about 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT).
So far officials say there have been no reports of problems with power grids, satellites or other technologies. — AP
Several NASA spacecraft caught videos of the solar flare as it hurled a wave of solar plasma and charged particles, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), into space. The CME is not expected to hit Earth directly, but the cloud of charged particles could deliver a glancing blow to the planet.