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Solar winds forecast to hit Earth after hole opens in the Sun's atmosphere – 'On the way'

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Solar winds are a continuous outflow of material from the Sun that mainly consist of protons and electrons.

The charged particles flow in a state known as plasma, which is imbued with the Sun’s magnetic field.

According to the US Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), coronal holes produce solar winds of speeds between 500 and 800km per second.

However, different regions of the Sun can produce solar winds of various speeds and intensities.

The SWPC said: “In the equatorial plane, where the Earth and the other planets orbit, the most common state of the solar wind is the slow speed wind, with speeds of about 400km per second.”



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