Solar Storm That Hit Earth This Wednesday Caused Northern Lights Even Towards South

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Solar storms are exciting activities of the Sun which emits enormous bursts of energy in the form of solar flares and coronal mass ejections, or CME. A quire strong solar hit Earth this Wednesday, as predicted by scientists, and it cause Northern Lights to go more towards South than usual.

They are sudden releases of stored magnetic energy which sometimes make it all the way to Earth and beyond. Flares are local events as compared to CMEs which are much more massive eruptions of the corona “The flare is like the muzzle flash, which can be seen anywhere in the vicinity. The CME is like the cannonball, propelled forward in a single, preferential direction.” NASA said.

A solar storm hit Earth on Wednesday

When a coronal mass ejection strikes Earth’s atmosphere, it causes a temporary disturbance of the Earth’s magnetic field, causing Northern and Southern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

On Wednesday our planet was again hit by a solar storm which caused interruptions for radio operators in Africa and Europe. Even though this is a moderate solar storm, a massive cloud of charged particles will get to Earth this weekend that will cause the Aurora Borealis to be visible early in the morning even in cities like New York or Chicago, as the National and Atmospheric Administration forecasts.

Are solar storms dangerous?

A solar storm is not dangerous for humans on Earth as the planet’s atmosphere and magnetosphere protects us, but solar winds have the potential to ruin technology. Solar storms can damage satellites, causing problems for GPS navigation, Internet service, mobile or TV signal. They can also affect power grids. Quebec was left in a complete blackout for about nine hours in 1989, and in 2001 New Zealand faced a power failure.

A strong solar storm could cause huge costs and could even shut off business for several days if the damage to satellites or power grids could not be solved really fast.


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