Sun's String of Fury Continues as 7th Major Flare Erupts
By Robert Roy Britt
Senior Science Writer
posted: 09 September 2005
10:33 pm ET
Updated 12:36 p.m. ET Sept. 11
An ongoing series of seven major solar
flares, including two on Saturday, could disrupt communications
on Earth and generate colorful sky shows for people at high northern latitudes for the next several days.
Already satellites have been affected. Even more serious effects are possible this week.
The SEC has reported that agencies have experienced problems with fluctuations in their
power systems due to the severe levels of geomagnetic activity. Spacecraft operations, high-frequency communications
, and navigation
systems such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation of satellites "are also experiencing impacts due to the strong to severe solar activity."