Solar storm could hit Earth this week

Solar storm could hit Earth this week

"National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has at last spoken out regarding the 'massive magnetic storm" expected to hit Earth on March 18 and said there will be nothing like what we had expected. These storms could turn out to be extremely unsafe because they can disrupt telecommunications, navigation, and electrical power around the Earth.

And the impending solar storm may bring those Northern Lights much farther south than usual.

A temporary disturbance of the Earth's magnetosphere, a geomagnetic storm is the result of a solar wind shock wave and/or a cloud of magnetic field, causing an increase in plasma movement and electric current through the magnetosphere.

Even though a G1 minor geomagnetic storm on March 18 is nothing to worry about, on the other hand, a massive storm, such as one originally reported yesterday, could carry unsafe consequences.

When a solar storm strikes it usually creates a spectacular "Northern Lights" display in parts of the atmosphere that can be seen in areas close to the Arctic Circle. As per NOAA, news portals across the globe misinterpreted the graph published by the Russian Academy of Science and misunderstood a feeble G1 category of the storm into a massive storm.

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But this also causes huge cracks to open up in the magnetic field which stay open for hours. The G1 a very weak storm, while the G5 is used when a severe geomagnetic storm hits the Earth. If the charged particles have a stronger effect on Earth, it could be considered a G-2 "moderate storm".

Solar storms can also disrupt satellites and various forms of electronic communications. Still, the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado says the famous Northern Lights could be seen across Canada and the northernmost parts of the USA such as ME and MI.

Information on the internet is, unfortunately, often easy to manipulate, but there is really nothing to worry about when it comes to the geomagnetic storm on March 18. People are advised to take bottles of water, gas filled in car's tanks, important documents at hand, food supplies, etc in such cases.

Just because this storm isn't up to the hype doesn't mean that solar storms in general should be ignored. The upcoming storm will put quite a show for stargazers around the world who can assemble at a flawless spot to watch the auroral lights and other natural phenomena that follows.

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