Calls for Government to prepare for solar storm

Experts are warning that another solar-superstorm on the scale of the 1859 Carrington event is inevitable.

The Earth was hit by a tidal wave of energetic particles following a large solar flare.

An example of an eruption associated with solar flares on the sun.

A new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering has suggested a UK Space Weather Board is needed, to lead and supervise government strategy for coping with such a radiation blast if it were to happen again.

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Solar superstorm warning

A once-in-a-century "solar superstorm" could hit the earth in the near future, causing black-outs, and a loss in satellite communications, scientists have warned.