Earth to be hit by solar storm after hole opens in the Sun

As material flows from a hole in the Sun, a solar storm could be on its way to Earth.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the G1 storm could disrupt radio 

communications, satellite systems, and animal migrations. Nonetheless, they are minor in

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comparison to the much more dramatic effects that can occur during geomagnetic storms.

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Due to a hole in our star, the organization stated that such conditions were "likely" on Wednesday, August 3.

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Coronal holes appear as dark patches on images of the Sun taken with ultraviolet and X-rays. They are 

cooler and less dense parts of our star, permitting the solar wind to escape more easily into space.

This means that fast solar wind streams can be emitted from the Sun and directed towards Earth.

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