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Space weather forecast: Solar storm hits as scientists prepare for heightened activity

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The second RM effect happens around September and October, during the Autumn equinox, in the northern hemisphere, at least.

In most cases, the increase in solar activity coupled with the RM effect is harmless to life on Earth.

However, in March 1989, a huge solar storm hit the planet, causing power outages over Canada.

Scientists believe a solar storm with the power to down a national grid happens every 25 years on average, and it is those in the upper echelons of the northern or southern hemisphere who are most at risk of suffering from an intense solar storm.



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