a temporary disturbance of the earth's magnetic field, induced by radiation and streams of charged particles from the sun.
- Also called geomagnetic storm, solar storm .
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How to use magnetic storm in a sentence
A gigantic solar storm could fry power grids, knocking out electricity for months.The Sun Is Pummeling Earth. Now What? Solar Storms for Dummies | Lizzie Crocker | September 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A recent study by solar physicists points out that we had a near-miss with a strong solar storm back in 2012.
News of a devastating solar storm ‘just missing’ Earth in 2012 made the rounds last week.
Could it bring a collision with a comet, a deadly solar storm, or worse?How to Prepare for December 21, 2012? Preppers Weigh In | Andrew Carter | December 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for magnetic storm
a sudden severe disturbance of the earth's magnetic field, caused by emission of charged particles from the sun
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Scientific definitions for magnetic storm
A disturbance or fluctuation in the Earth's outer magnetosphere, usually caused by streams of charged particles (plasma) given off by solar flares. The entry of large amounts of plasma into the upper atmosphere results in intense auroral displays and other magnetic phenomena in the polar regions of the Earth. See also aurora.
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Cultural definitions for magnetic storm
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