NASA says a massive solar flare could trigger a total solar eclipse.
The agency says the possibility is “very high” that a coronal mass ejection (CME) could occur in the next few days.
The CME, which is also known as the coronal hole, is the remnants of a corona burst from a sunspot that exploded into a massive storm.
The storm was the first solar storm since 1979.
It lasted for less than two minutes, but its impact is believed to have been significant enough that the sun’s magnetic field was weakened enough to cause the earth’s magnetic poles to flip over.
NASA says the solar flare likely came from a supercell.
The coronal blast also could be a precursor to an asteroid impact.
“If this is a precursor of an asteroid collision, that would be really, really interesting,” NASA said in a statement.
The sun is at its strongest at night, so the corona explosion could cause the sun to glow brightly and cause a solar eclipse that could be visible from coast to coast, the agency added.
NASA said the solar eruption was the result of a massive coronal shield from a massive sunspot.
It was observed by telescopes across the country.
The moon and Earth are also visible during the eclipse.
A total solar storm can produce extreme magnetic fields and can also cause coronal damage.
If the coronals shield is not strong enough to deflect the corionally-driven blast, the storm could destroy the sun and cause an eclipse that would cause a total eclipse.
NASA is not ruling out a CME-like event in the near future.
The solar eruption is one of several events scientists are studying to determine what the next steps are.
Scientists are also looking at what could happen to the Earth and the sun if coronal blasts occur.
This is one more example of the complex and unpredictable nature of solar storms.
A coronal event can also damage satellites and other spacecraft.