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Another solar storm could hit the earth THIS weekend and disrupt the power grid.

SPACE experts believe a solar storm could be heading our way this weekend.

Powerful flares emitted by the sun earlier this week could “graze” the earth on Saturday or Sunday.

CMEs are powerful releases of solar-charged particles that can strike the Earth's magnetic field

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CMEs are powerful releases of solar-charged particles that can strike the Earth’s magnetic fieldPhoto credit: Getty

Experts at SpaceWeather.com stated, “Minor G1 class geomagnetic storms are possible on April 2-3 when CMEs from this week’s intense solar flares are expected to graze Earth’s magnetic field.

“Wednesday’s X1.3 flare and Thursday’s M9.6 flare both launched CMEs into space near the edge of the impact zone.

“Grazing strikes could trigger a new round of auroras at high latitudes.”

A CME is a type of solar flare called a coronal mass ejection, which is a huge ejection of plasma from the Sun’s outer layer, called the corona.

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This mass ejection of particles from the sun travels through space and the earth uses its magnetic field to protect us from it.

Each solar storm that hits Earth is graded by severity, and this one is only expected to be a “G1 minor.”

This means that there can be small fluctuations in the power grid and little impact on satellite communications.

A G1 storm can also confuse migratory animals, which rely on the Earth’s magnetic field for their sense of direction.

One good thing about solar storms is that they can create very beautiful natural light displays like the Northern Lights.

These natural light displays are called auroras and are examples of how Earth’s magnetosphere is being bombarded by the solar wind, creating the pretty green and blue displays.

Earth’s magnetic field helps protect us from the more extreme effects of solar flares, but it can’t stop all of them.

In 1989, a powerful solar flare shot down so many electrically charged particles that the Canadian province of Quebec was without electricity for nine hours.

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Not only do they cause problems for our technology on Earth, but they can also be fatal to an astronaut if they cause injury or interfere with mission control communications.

The sun has begun one of its 11-year solar cycles, during which flares and flares usually become more intense and extreme.

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