Solar storm WARNING for Earth: Space experts warn of 2 Solar flares; know how bad it can be
A Solar storm warning for Earth has just been released by space weather experts about the Sun's activities.
Space weather experts have issued a solar storm warning today. They say that at least two “big-flare players” could be released from the Sun soon. Solar Storm is the phenomenon wherein disturbance on the Sun emanate outward across the heliosphere affecting the entire Solar System, including Earth and its magnetosphere. It takes place when Sun emits large bursts of energy in the form of solar flares. Solar flares and coronal mass ejections are two of the four main components of solar activity.
Space weather physicist Dr Tamitha Skov has warned that a solar storm may head towards Earth soon as many sunspot clusters can be seen from here. She was quoted by Express as saying, “No big Earth-directed storms yet, but we're on high alert. Several sunspot clusters are in Earth-view right now. At least two are big-flare players, but none have launched anything significant."
In the best-case scenario, she said that the solar storm may well result in beautiful aurora being displayed over the skies in various parts of the Earth, including the UK. She said, “It looks like the pocket of fast solar wind from the small coronal hole is over-performing!”
It must be noted that these solar activities impact the Earth only when they take place on the side of the Sun that is facing us as explained by NASA. The high-speed solar wind can affect the earth only when they are closer to the solar equator which means solar energetic particles that follow magnetic field lines that intersect the Earth can have some impact.
How bad can solar storms get?
Solar activities can have a varied range of effects on Earth, depending on their strength. According to the US Space Weather Center, the strength of these storms is calculated on a scale of G1 Minor to G5 Extreme. Minor storms can cause weak power grid fluctuations, and affect satellite operations, and animals.
However, extreme storms can result in city-wide electrical blackouts, cause widespread voltage control problems and grid systems to collapse, as well as damage transformers, cause difficulties in spacecraft operations, and tracking satellites. A solar storm can also cause the Internet to crash, bringing many emergencies and vital economy linked activities to a halt - perhaps for months.
A huge solar storm that can cause carnage on Earth and send humans back to the Middle Ages has been predicted over the next decade or so by researchers.
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