Along the way I found this 2008 article that has just made my solar-flare loving self so happy, and explains even more why we can all feel solar activity so acutely so quickly: Magnetic portals connect our Earth to the Sun, and they open every 8 min! How much do you love that?!!! It’s no longer a matter of ‘imagine a portal linking you to the Sun’ …there IS a portal!!!
“Ten years ago I was pretty sure they didn’t exist, but now the evidence is incontrovertible.” Space physicist David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center.