Angry Sun Erupts, Sending Planes South

By | January 25, 2012

For the second time in a week, the Earth has been hit by a coronal mass ejectionin the most severe solar storm since 2003.  The increased radiation from the charged particles of the storm which can interfere with communications is strongest

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near the poles where the ozone layer is thinnest.  The additional radiation poses little risk to passengers. As a result, Delta has begun running its transpolar routes further south to minimize risk, adding approximately 15 minutes to flight time. Maybe Milli Vanilli had it wrong- if your plane is late, blame it on the sun.