January 24, 2012
Radiation from an immense solar blast hit the Earth Tuesday — forcing Delta Air Lines to redirect at least half a dozen airplanes that had been routed over the North Pole.
NOAAâ€™s Space Weather Prediction Center — the nationâ€™s official source of warnings about space weather and its impact on Earth — issued a geomagnetic storm warning Monday after a satellite witnessed an ultraviolet flash from the massive solar eruption.
There is no risk to people on Earth, Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center told FoxNews.com.
But as a rare precaution, some polar flights were re-routed to avoid communication lapses and exposing pilots and passengers to excessive radiation.