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The largest solar storm since 2005 is raging around earth, bombarding the planet with radiation and causing problems for the power grid and disruptions to the Global Positioning System. On the bright side, it has made the Northern Lights look amazing.

The storm has already interfered with air traffic and could affect satellites.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, other problems caused by the storm can include surges in power lines, and interference in the broadcast of radio, TV and telephone signals.

The storm is the reason that the Northern Lights have been visible from parts of Britain this week, and may even be seen by Londoners as the week goes on.

The radiation - which is reported to have come surging out of the sun at 93 million miles per hour - is in the form of protons.

Proton storms are said to be rare, with about 24 per solar cycle.

Airlines have been avoiding North Pole routes, where they would be more exposed to a proton storm. also reported that while regular folk will not notice any issues with GPS, people who use high-precision GPS equipment - such as oil drillers, the military, and engineering and mining operations - will.

As a result of the storm, the next two days will be a particularly amazing time to see the Northern Lights, especially if you're lucky enough to be in Canada or Norway.


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