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Solar storm alert! Giant sunspot set to explode, shoot scary solar flares towards Earth

NOAA reports that a sunspot AR3112 is set to explode and cause M-class solar flares to erupt. The resultant solar storm can hit the Earth tomorrow.

By: HT TECH
Updated on: Oct 13 2022, 12:05 IST
A massive number of solar storms have plagued the Earth recently. Just a few days ago, a powerful solar storm disrupted the rescue missions in the USA in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Last month, regions in Africa and the Middle East suffered radio blackouts as a result of such solar storm activities. (Pixabay)
1/5 A massive number of solar storms have plagued the Earth recently. Just a few days ago, a powerful solar storm disrupted the rescue missions in the USA in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Last month, regions in Africa and the Middle East suffered radio blackouts as a result of such solar storm activities. (Pixabay)
Now, according to NOAA. Another solar storm could be hitting us tomorrow, October 14. This solar storm is expected to be preceded by an M-class solar flare eruption. (Brilliant Noise)
2/5 Now, according to NOAA. Another solar storm could be hitting us tomorrow, October 14. This solar storm is expected to be preceded by an M-class solar flare eruption. (Brilliant Noise)
SpaceWeather.com noted in its website, “Departing sunspot AR3112 poses a continued threat for solar flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance of M-class flares and a 10% chance of X-flares”. (Pixabay)
3/5 SpaceWeather.com noted in its website, “Departing sunspot AR3112 poses a continued threat for solar flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance of M-class flares and a 10% chance of X-flares”. (Pixabay)
Such solar flares also give out slow-moving solar particles known as coronal mass ejections or CME. When CME strikes the upper atmosphere of the Earth, the radiation and magnetic fields cause different kinds of disruptions. (NASA)
4/5 Such solar flares also give out slow-moving solar particles known as coronal mass ejections or CME. When CME strikes the upper atmosphere of the Earth, the radiation and magnetic fields cause different kinds of disruptions. (NASA)

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Satellite malfunctions and damage to sensitive instruments, disruption to GPS and shortwave frequencies as well as aurora sightings are expected if this CME storm hits the Earth. (Pixabay)
5/5 Satellite malfunctions and damage to sensitive instruments, disruption to GPS and shortwave frequencies as well as aurora sightings are expected if this CME storm hits the Earth. (Pixabay)
While it is difficult to say how intense the solar storm could be, a G5-class solar storm can affect mobile networks and internet connectivity, corrupt electronic devices and even cause power grid failures. A severe solar storm can completely take away our connectivity and spell a disaster for us. (NASA SDO)
6/5 While it is difficult to say how intense the solar storm could be, a G5-class solar storm can affect mobile networks and internet connectivity, corrupt electronic devices and even cause power grid failures. A severe solar storm can completely take away our connectivity and spell a disaster for us. (NASA SDO)
First Published Date: 13 Oct, 12:03 IST
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