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by Denise Chow, Staff Writer
Date: 07 March 2012 Time: 12:40 PM ET
UPDATE: See’s latest news on this massive solar flare event here: Biggest Solar Storm in Years Is Bombarding Earth Now

This story was updated at 1:19 p.m. EST.

A massive solar flare that erupted from the sun late Tuesday (March 6) is unleashing one of the most powerful solar storms in more than five years, a solar tempest that may potentially interfere with satellites in orbit and power grids when it reaches Earth.

“Space weather has gotten very interesting over the last 24 hours,” Joseph Kunches, a space weather scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told reporters today (March 7). “This was quite the Super Tuesday — you bet.”