A Huge Canyon Of Fire The Sun

Just Opened Up On

Hot gases swirling on the surface of the Sun are caught in an endless dance of roiling plasma that occasionally escapes our star’s atmosphere

and gets slingshotted out into the solar system, with some of it even wreaking havoc with the Earth’s magnetic field

A filament of that plasma escaped the Sun over the weekend, leaving behind what Space Weather is referring to as a “canyon of fire,” a deep ridge over 12,000 mile deep

and ten times as long — which, for those keeping score, is more than 13,000 deeper than the Earth’s Grand Canyon

The canyon itself may soon blast fragments of radiation in the form of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) toward the Earth, according to space weather

Once this radiation hits our atmosphere, it could lead to a geomagnetic storm, a major disturbance in our planet’s magnetosphere

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