Scientists say that magnetic fields above the largest sunspot group to appear on the surface of the sun in the past nine years are becoming unstable, and could lead to a coronal mass ejection from the sun within a few days. If this happens, the resulting magnetic storm could be exceptional. Given the right weather conditions, auroral displays could be visible as far south as the Gulf of Mexico.

While disruptions of radio communications, power blackouts and satellite transmission are unlikely, they are always possible during a solar magnetic event.

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