Massive cloud of charged particles travelling at 4 million mph one its way to earth

March 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON Earth’s magnetic field is about to be shaken like a snow globe by the largest solar storm in five years. After hurtling through space for a day and a half, a massive cloud of charged particles is due to arrive today and could disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas. But the same blast could also paint colorful auroras farther from the poles than normal.
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