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Tech physicist: Recent solar activity could impact Earth

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An enormous and explosive mass of electrically charged solar plasma — known as a coronal mass ejection or CME — exploded from the sun’s atmosphere a few days ago and is moving closer and closer to Earth.

Although it sounds like a storyline of a sci-fi blockbuster movie, Lee Sawyer, a physics professor at Louisiana Tech University, says this activity is simply part of the sun’s cycle.
“The sun goes through a cycle of increased solar activity every few years and right now we’re in the middle of one of those cycles,” said Sawyer. “We’ll likely continue to see a lot of these events over the next two years.”

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