‘Cannibal’ coronal mass ejection from ‘dark plasma plume’ will slam into Earth tomorrow (Aug. 18)

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A plume of “dark plasma” hurled from the sun will be engulfed to form a “cannibal” coronal mass ejection which will sideswipe the Earth on Thursday (Aug. 18), causing a strong G3 geomagnetic storm.

The “dark plasma explosion” was first spotted by solar observers on Sunday (Aug. 14) as it erupted from a sunspot on the sun’s surface at a speed of roughly 1.3 million mph (2.1 million km/h), tearing “through the sun’s atmosphere, creating a coronal mass ejection (CME),” or explosive jets of solar material, spaceweather.com wrote in an update. Then, on Monday (Aug.t 15), another CME, created by the collapse of a gigantic magnetic filament, was launched from the sun.

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