Don't believe the hype about the coming solar storm

Don't believe the hype about the coming solar storm

Yes kindly brace youreslf as the Russian Academy of Sciences has said that the storm will hit the Earth on March 18 and will bring about some changes to the Planet's geomagnetic atmosphere.

What is a solar storm?

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 risky consequences.

Perhaps you've heard; a solar storm is on the way. However, a top official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement earlier this week, in hopes of allaying potential concerns about the supposed event.

Apparently, NOAA has no idea what is this all about as and how did Russians come up with that information.

A solar storm, also known as a geomagnetic storm, is when events that have occurred on the sun are felt on Earth.

Usually, geomagnetic storms are cataloged in 5 different main levels depending on the magnitude, from G1 to G5 levels of geomagnetic storms' magnitudes.

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Scientists rate geomagnetic storms on a scale between G1 and G5, and G5 is supposed to be the strongest, most extreme storm. In 1859, a massive geomagnetic storm named as "Carrington Event" happened on September 1 to 2, 1859 when it caused Northern Lights to be visible across Cuba, Hawaii, and even part of northern United States while the Southern Auroral Lights were seen as far as in Chile.

The charged particles from a solar flare can create "weak power grid fluctuations" and have a "minor impact on satellite operations", the NOAA said.

And if you're far enough north, or perhaps in Antarctica (hi there!), you may get to feast your eyes on the aurora as the charged particles channelled towards the poles by Earth's magnetic field interact with the ionosphere. When compared to 1859, yet another similarly intense storm was seen in 2012 which disrupted power grids, however, it was not too risky since it flyby near Earth with a margin of nine days.

In March 1989, a powerful geomagnetic storm set off a blackout in Canada that left six million people without electricity for nine hours.

A solar flare on January 20, 2005, released the highest concentration of protons ever directly measured and took just 15 minutes to reach Earth, indicating a velocity of approximately one-third light speed.

A benefit of solar flares can be enhanced auroras or natural light displays such as the Northern Lights seen in the countries of the Arctic Circle.

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