Earth Will Face a Solar Storm in a Matter of Hours

Earth Will Face a Solar Storm in a Matter of Hours
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Our beloved Sun is once again not going through peaceful times. From time to time, the star reveals its dark side or at least a small fraction of it. Tomorrow (August 3), the magnetic field of our Earth will be impacted by weak solar winds ejected from a hole in the Sun, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As a result of the event, a minor geomagnetic storm will occur, according to Livescience.com.

Being a weak G1 geomagnetic storm, we don’t have real reasons to be worried. Some satellite functions might be impacted, and some new aurora would be created, for instance. 

Last Sunday, satellites orbiting Earth detected an explosion occurring in the Sun as well as a long eruption of a solar flare, according to weather.com. 

According to the same source, statements via spaceweather.com wrote:

The intensity is probably an underestimate because it was partially eclipsed by the edge of the Sun. Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) saw hot debris flying away from the blast site,

The explosion is significant because it may herald an active region set to emerge over the Sun’s northeastern limb later this week. A new sunspot group could bring an end to weeks of relative quiet.

Back in June, we spoke about a solar storm captured by an amateur photographer’s telescope:

The curious photographer explained:

I was not expecting this when I captured the sun. I pointed my telescope at this very unusual solar storm yesterday. An ongoing battle between the sun’s changing magnetic fields has caused this plasma storm to rise and appear almost locked in place, unable to move.

In the end, perhaps nobody would like to admit it, but it’s clear that our Sun is far from being all sugar, spice, and everything nice.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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