Plutonium ejected from Sunspot Explosion

Earth is expected to receive superheated material from a dead sunspot on Thursday (don't worry, you won't feel it).

On Monday, AR2987, an old and dying sunspot, exploded, ejecting solar material into space.

When it reaches Earth, it may cause a geomagnetic storm.

Sunspots are dark spots on the Sun. The magnetic field prevents energy transfer on the Sun's surface via convection, where hot fluid rises and cool fluid sinks

The explosion of this sunspot caused massive radiation releases and large expulsions of plasma and magnetic field from the outermost layer of the Sun's atmosphere, known as coronal mass ejections (CME).

In essence, these eruptions are huge bubbles of gas and magnetic flux carrying up to a billion tonnes of charged particles at millions of miles per hour.

The CME is expected to hit Earth on April14, according to NOAA forecasts.

Earth's atmosphere could be hit by a G-2 geomagnetic storm. Storms are rated from G-1 to G-5, with G-2 being the mildest.

The geomagnetic storm may cause minor power grid or satellite disruptions, as well as auroras visible at lower latitudes than usual.

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