Nasa has warned that the Earth could be impacted by a high-speed solar storm, approaching at 1.6 million kilometers per hour and it may affect satellite signals as well as communication networks such as phones or TV sets but also interfere with GPS systems for mobile devices and TVs It can even disrupt power transmission!
The Earth could be impacted by a high-speed solar storm, approaching at 1,6 million kilometers per hour. This would affect satellite signals and communication networks as well interfere with GPS systems and mobile phones; it might also cause power transmission to fail.
The Sun’s radiation was so intense on Tuesday that it caused a solar storm. This is when the sun sends charged particles into space and they hit Earth, causing auroras in Northern hemisphere to be visible as far south as Mexico City!
Solar storms are huge bursts of charged particles, ejected from the Sun’s atmosphere into space.
Nasa first detected it on July 3rd and classified as an X1.5-class flare that is expected to lash Earth later today or tomorrow depending on your location in the world!
The classification system for solar flares is X-class, where the number denotes how intense a flare was. An example would be an X1 being twice as powerful as an X2 or three times more than someone with just a mild fever and so on up to class 11 which are considered “extreme”.
The Northern Lights dance wildly across the night sky, causing a spectacular display of light. Although solar storms don’t pose much risk to humans on Earth, they do cause disruption in power and communication systems for those living near higher latitudes who may be able to witness these celestial displays.
- Creates auroras in the Northern hemisphere
- Disrupts power and communication systems
- Lowers risk of solar radiation that can be harmful to humans
- The Northern Lights are visible as far south as Mexico City!
Those living near or north of the Arctic Circle can expect to observe a spectacular light show tonight, whilst others will have to settle for admiring stunning auroras in photos and on social media.
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