Solar Storm Might Hit Earth, But There Is No Reason To Panic

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A massive stream of solar energy will hit the Earth in the form of a solar storm according to space weather forecasters. It was estimated that it would arrive on Wednesday or Thursday, (May 15th or May 16th). The announcement was made by space weather forecasters from the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (also known as the SWPC) found in the US.

The announcement comes after a massive Coronal Mass Ejection took place on May 10th, followed by two similar events at a smaller scale. A large amount of plasma was released during these events, and it is now heading towards Earth at an impressive speed.

The official statement notes that a G1 minor solar storm watch will be active on May 15th and May 16th as the researchers anticipated the effects of the CME events. An exact date cannot be pinned, and this is the reason for which to particular days were mentioned.

Solar Storm To Hit Earth on May 15th and May 16th Would Be a Minor G1

The name may appear to be threatening, but a minor G1 solar storm will have a limited effect on satellite networks and power grids, with potential blackout situations being unlikely according to the SWPC. However, storms of this type are strong enough to confuse animals which rely on the magnetic field of the Earth for orientation, since they can influence the magnetosphere.

In most cases, the solar winds emitted by a Coronal Mass Ejections will travel for a few days before they can reach the Earth, but there are some exceptions, with the fastest ones reaching our planet after less than 24 hours.

In the past, geomagnetic storms caused some problems, ranging from power grid fluctuations to complete blackouts. The most common and harmless effect is the appearance of the auroras or northern lights. It is expected that auroras will be visible in some US states, including Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Those who like this type of phenomenon will be in for a treat when nighttime arrives.


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