Jan 5, 2023

Earth closest to the Sun, greeted

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

Nothing personal, the Sun is just going through a phase right now.

On Jan 4, 2023, our planet reached the closest point to the Sun in its orbit and is expected to be hit by the wake of a coronal mass ejection (CME) coming from the Sun, Live Science.

A coronal mass ejection is a large expulsion of plasma and magnetic field from the solar surface. When the particles in this expulsion and the magnetic field interact with the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field, it compresses the latter, which is referred to as a geomagnetic storm.

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