Solar flare eruption could trigger geomagnetic storm on Earth today, worried scientists say

Scientists and researchers are concerned about a possible geomagnetic storm caused by the solar flare on Earth today.

A giant explosion erupted on the solar surface, causing scientists and researchers to worry about a possible geomagnetic storm on Earth. As reported by Spaceweather.com, a massive solar explosion erupted near the sun’s southeastern rim, creating a “new and active” region. NOAA forecasters have suggested a slim chance of small G1-class geomagnetic storms today on Aug. 2, when Earth enters a rapid flow of solar wind. “The gaseous material flows from a southern hole in the sun’s atmosphere,” the report says. According to NASA, the geomagnetic storms are measured on a “G scale” of 1 to 5, with G1 being minor and G5 being extreme.

The sun is in its 11-year solar cycle, which is why solar flare eruptions become more intense and extreme. The sun has been quite volatile lately, throwing up filaments and scalding sunspots. Some of these have even hit our planet, but so far have done no harm. A few weeks ago, Dr. Tamitha Skov, the “Space Weather Woman,” also predicted that a solar storm would hit Earth directly on July 19, when a snake-like filament was launched into Earth’s impact zone. Also read: Horrible! Giant solar storms and impact on satellites: lost in space

She shared the info via a tweet, “Direct Hit! A snake-like filament launched as a major #solarstorm while in Earth’s attack zone. NASA predicts impact early July 19. Strong #aurora shows it’s possible with this one, deep into the mid-latitudes. Amateur #radio & #GPS users expect signal disturbances on the night side of the earth.” Also read: Solar storm warning; Direct hit to Earth expected by snake-like filament, dreaded blackouts

What are solar filaments?

Solar filaments are clouds of ionized gas above the solar surface and it exists between magnetic regions of opposite polarity and this magnetism is turning into “a slow-moving CME”, or coronal mass ejection, in recent days.

A CME is an intense burst of high-energy radiation from the sun’s surface. It can cause problems for people on Earth. It can cause radio frequency or power grid interference or even communication failures around the world.

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