CM – Solar storm that will hit Earth today can lead to a worldwide blackout

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The massive solar storm, which is moving towards the earth at a speed of 1.6 million kilometers per hour, is expected to hit the earth today, which, according to spaceweather.com, could lead to a power failure worldwide.

For this reason, wind speeds of up to 500 km / s could trigger a geomagnetic storm and northern lights at high latitudes.

“THE SOLAR WIND IS COMING: Today it is expected that a high-speed current of solar wind will hit the earth’s magnetic field. Wind speeds of over 500 km / s flow from an equatorial hole in the solar atmosphere. Full-blown geomagnetic storms are unlikely, but lesser geomagnetic unrest could trigger northern lights at high latitudes, « shared spaceweather.com.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reportedly rated the solar storm as G-1 or « minor ».

The solar flare is expected to hit satellites operating in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, which could affect GPS navigation, cell phone signals, and satellite television. The torches also have the potential to affect power grids in some parts of the world.

A major disturbance of the Earth’s magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding the Earth is known as a geomagnetic storm. The storm is the result of large changes in currents, plasmas created by solar winds, according to NOAA.

The strongest geomagnetic storm ever recorded resulted in the Carrington Event of 1859, when telegraph lines were electrified, operators were mobilized, and offices in North America and Europe were set on fire.

In order to generate a geomagnetic storm, a solar wind has to withstand high speeds over a long period of time, whereby the energy of the wind is transferred into the earth’s magnetic field

The violent and largest storms that result from these situations are associated with Solar Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), in which billions of tons of plasma are hurled from the Sun onto planets that also reach Earth. While mass coronal ejections take days to reach Earth, some have been observed to arrive within 15-18 hours of ejection from the sun.

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