A solar storm is an event in which an on the Sun interferes with the Earth’s magnetic field. They occur because of solar flares and coronal mass ejections that cause a solar wind, a gust of charged particles that hit the Earth’s magnetic field. Solar storms could potentially disrupt electrical systems and communication satellites.
Sunspot activity on the sun’s surface occurs in 11-year cycles. Currently we are in the 24th Solar Cycle, which began in 2008. Solar cycles were tracked beginning in 1755. NASA is predicting more solar events as we reach the peak of solar activity in cycle, also known as the solar maximum. As we approach the next solar maximum in May 2013, there will be more occurrences of solar storms.
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