Terry Kucera, a solar physicist with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center,Â told Fox NewsÂ that the tornado might be as large as the Earth itself and have gusts up to 300,000 miles per hour. By comparison, the strongest tornadoes on earth, F5 storms, clock wind speeds at a relatively paltry (though incredibly destructive) 300 mph.
The sun is an extremely active star, regularly spitting radiation and atomic particles into space. This space weather has direct impacts here on Earth, likeÂ forcing the rerouting of planesÂ andlighting up the auroras.
(Andrew Prince is a producer on NPR’s Science Desk.)
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