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The sun has blasted Mercury with a plasma wave

A gigantic plasma wave that launched from the sun smashed into Mercury Tuesday (April 12), likely triggering a geomagnetic storm and scouring material from the planet’s surface.

The powerful eruption, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), was seen emanating from the sun‘s far side on the evening of April 11 and took less than a day to strike the closest planet to our star, where it may have created a temporary atmosphere and even added material to Mercury‘s comet-like tail, according to SpaceWeather.com.

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