Big Solar storms predicted; huge cracks in magnetic shield found

news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/12/081217-solar-breaches.html

An unexpected, thick layer of solar particles inside Earth’s magnetic field suggests there are huge breaches in our planet’s solar defenses, scientists said.

These breaches indicate that during the next period of high solar activity, due to start in 2012, Earth will experience some of the worst solar storms seen in decades.

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