It’s been revealed that NASA predicted the fact that there will be a radio and GPS blackout on November 30th. Check out more details about this below.
NASA predicts a blackout tomorrow
NASA and weather experts have issued an alert that a solar storm is expected to hit the Earth on November 30, which could result in a temporary blackout of radio and GPS signals.
Solar storms have become more frequent with the increase in space activities and are monitored daily by experts.
The storm is caused by a coronal mass ejection and is expected to cause a 15-hour-long solar flare of the G2 class, which is likely to result in auroras lighting up the sky, according to space weather specialist Dr Tamitha Skov. Temporary disruptions to radio and GPS signals are normal during solar storms.
The solar storm that occurred on Sunday was massive. However, the one that is expected to occur on November 30 is predicted to be on a much smaller scale.
This is because most of the flare is expected to pass by the Earth without even touching it.
Minor impacts of the solar storm are expected, including a small blackout or disruption of radio and GPS signals near the poles. Usually, a larger-scale solar storm can cause internet blackouts and electricity outages in several areas.
The Sun aims south! A partly Earth-directed #solarstorm launched today. NASA & NOAA agree, a glancing blow is expected early November 30. This one is going mainly south of Earth so minor effects expected. #Aurora possible at high latitudes, #GPS & amateur #radio impacts minimal. pic.twitter.com/N0hnpuF89e
— Dr. Tamitha Skov (@TamithaSkov) November 27, 2023
Solar storms, particularly when they are of massive impact, can damage communication systems. They can disrupt radio frequency and GPS signals, as well as cause internet outages. However, the effect usually lasts for only a couple of hours.
Meanwhile, solar storms are not typically harmful to humans. A solar flare of very high energy can cause radiation impacts on living organisms, but due to the Earth’s atmosphere, the flares don’t cause any harm to humans on the surface of the planet.