Space weather forecast: ‘Canyon of FIRE’ ERUPTS on the Sun

Additionally, a surge of particles can lead to high currents in the magnetosphere, which can lead to higher than normal electricity in power lines, resulting in electrical transformers and power stations blowouts and a loss of power.

Rarely does an event such as this happen, with the biggest technology-crippling solar storm coming in 1859, when a surge in electricity during what is now known as the Carrington Event, was so strong that telegraph systems went down across Europe.

There are also reports that some buildings set on fire as a result of the electrical surge.

However, a recent study has found these solar storms should happen every 25 years on average, meaning we are well overdue.

Research from the University of Warwick and the British Antarctic Survey analysed the last 14 solar cycles, dating back 150 years.

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NASA releases stunning Ring of Fire eclipse photo of the Moon
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