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foofan
Oct 23, 2003, 11:25 AM
i saw this article today at foxnews. I noticed something in the article that reminded me of the processors that Apple uses.

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Strong Geomagnetic Storm Expected to Hit Earth Friday

Thursday, October 23, 2003

BOULDER, Colo. A strong geomagnetic (search) storm was expected to hit Earth on Friday with the potential to affect electrical grids and satellite communications.

One of the largest sunspot (search) clusters in years developed over the past three days and produced a coronal mass ejection, similar to a solar flare, at 3 a.m. EDT Wednesday, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (search) said.

The disturbance was expected to produce a geomagnetic storm rated G3. A G5 storm is the strongest.

The storm could make the aurora visible as far south as Oregon and Illinois.

A coronal mass ejection is an explosion of gas and charged particles into space from the corona, the outermost layer of the sun's atmosphere.

A second sunspot cluster not yet visible from Earth could produce more geomagnetic storms in the next two weeks, NOAA said.

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If G5 is the strongest, does that mean there will be no G6?

G5orbust
Oct 23, 2003, 06:02 PM
Short answer: No.