Scientists and researchers have warned of a possible solar storm that could hit Earth today.
A giant explosion has erupted on the solar surface, creating a “new and active” region that sent a solar storm hurtling toward Earth. Forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have forecast a small chance of a small G1-class geomagnetic storm today, Aug. 3. While the storm’s intensity may appear weak, it could affect power outages, satellite signal disruptions and bird migration, as they depend on Earth’s magnetic field for their direction.
The sun is in its 11-year active solar cycle, which is why solar storms have become more intense and extreme. The sun has been quite volatile lately, which is why NASA recently warned people about massive solar eruptions that will become more frequent from now on. Here you need to know everything about solar storms, from frequency to effects.
What is a solar storm?
A solar storm occurs as a result of a massive explosion of plasma and other materials on the sun that affects the entire solar system, including Earth. The solar storms are usually tracked using X-rays and optical lights.
How often do solar storms occur?
According to NASA, the sun cycles from high to low activity in an 11-year cycle, and the highest active time of the cycle can result in several solar storms that can affect the Earth.
As NASA said, the Sun’s 11-year activity cycle will peak by 2025.
What is the duration of a solar storm?
According to NASA, a solar storm can last from a few minutes to several hours, but its effect on Earth can last for days or sometimes weeks, depending on its intensity.
How can solar storms affect the Earth?
The impact of a solar storm depends on its intensity. The more intense it is, the greater the effect will be from disrupted electronic communications on Earth to satellite outages.