Researchers have discovered that a massive solar storm could hit Earth today, on March 15th. The storm was caused by what appears to be a canyon-shaped hole which was observed in the upper atmosphere of the Sun.
Known as a coronal hole the phenomenon allows high-energy cosmic rays to pass unfiltered and they may head towards Earth, according to space weather forecasting experts. The solar wind could transform into minor G1-class geomagnetic storms when they encounter Earth’s atmosphere.
Those that live or travel close to Arctic area will enjoy an impressive spectacle as beautiful auroras (also known as Northern Lights) are expected. The magnetic field which surrounds Earth is powerful enough to mitigate any harm that could affect humans. The massive solar storm can increase the temperature of the upper layer of our atmosphere, with the potential to severely damage satellites. If the satellite system would be compromised people from all over the world would lose GPS navigation and satellite internet and TV.
A Massive Solar Storm Could Hit Earth Today, Scientists Reported
A high-power wave of particles that can pass through the magnetosphere would also overload the electricity lines, leading to massive blowouts and wide-spread blackouts. Another solar storm is anticipated in the future, and the Metropolitan Office has warned the population that it could affect the UK, causing up to 16 billion pounds in damages.
A massive solar storm has the potential to destroy the entire power grid, effectively plunging humanity back into the past. Some believe that even those most-developed countries in the world don’t have a cohesive strategy that could be employed to mitigate the consequence of such an event.
The chances for it to happen are high, but most people don’t look at the sun thinking that it can fry almost all of the electronic equipment which is currently present on our planet. Better weather satellites are also needed if the researchers want to deliver accurate predictions on a potentially massive solar storm. The current ones are already old, and their accuracy will continue to decrease in the following years.
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