A massive solar flare has erupted on the sun, the biggest in five years and growing bigger, according to forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center. The solar flare erupted on Tuesday evening and the resulting solar storm should impact earth's atmosphere sometime around midnight EST.
Authorities say that the solar storm may have enough power in it to trip power grids, disrupt global positioning systems, and it could even damage satellites. The solar storm may also affect communications for aircraft and the radiation could be damaging so planes will most likely have to avoid flying over the north and south poles for the duration of the storm.
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