How Solar Flares Could Wreak Havoc on Earth

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Image: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

In the worst-case scenario, however, things could be even less rosy for our planet. A major solar flare could knock out power grids, potentially leaving 150 million people in the United States alone without electricity.

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Image: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Strong solar flares could also increase the Earth’s gravitational pull on satellites, causing them to crash-land on Earth and resulting in major communication losses.

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