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Massive Solar Storm Could Disrupt Technology

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Artist’s rendition of Earth’s magnetosphere. Photo: NASA.

AP – WASHINGTON  — The largest solar storm in five years was due to arrive on Earth early Thursday, promising to shake the globe’s magnetic field while expanding the Northern Lights.

The storm started with a massive solar flare earlier in the week and grew as it raced outward from the sun, expanding like a giant soap bubble, scientists said. When it strikes, the particles will be moving at 4 million mph.

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