• Question: Hey Mike! How are solar storms developed / created?

    Asked by anon-332714 to Mike on 9 Oct 2022.
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      Mike Heyns answered on 9 Oct 2022:

      Solar storms come from eruptions of plasma or charged particles off the surface of the Sun. The Sun itself is a swirling mass of super hot charges particles and magnetic fields. Sometimes these magnetic fields become twisted and unstable, reconnecting and ejecting a huge bulk of plasma into the solar wind. If Earth directed, we would see the direct effects of a solar storm a couple of days later when the plasma interacts with our near-Earth space environment.