Astronomers said today, Friday, that a solar storm is currently hitting Earth at amazing speeds of more than 2.1 million kilometers per hour after a gap appeared in the sun’s atmosphere.
Solar storm today
Scientists revealed a huge gap in the surface of the sun’s atmosphere, and the gap appeared in the equatorial region of the sun, and experts say that this allows a stream of solar particles to emerge from our host star, and unfortunately for Earth, they are located at the junction of the solar particle stream.
The analysis showed that the particles are moving at an amazing speed of 600 kilometers per second, or more than 2.1 million kilometers per hour.
While a solar storm would not be dangerous, experts said it could trigger auroras.
In turn, wrote astronomer Dr., Tony Phillips, in his blog on space weather: “Today, the Earth lies within a stream of solar winds flowing about 600 km / s from an equatorial gap in the atmosphere of the sun.”
He continued: “Sky watchers at higher latitudes should be alert to the aurora, especially in the southern hemisphere, where the autumn darkness helps to see.”
The aurora borealis, which includes the northern lights, the southern lights, and the aurora borealis, occurs when solar energy particles collide with the atmosphere.
Amazing blue lights
As the magnetosphere is bombarded by the solar wind, stunning blue lights can appear as that layer of the atmosphere deflects particles.
The researchers also noted that the consequences of a solar storm and so-called space weather could extend beyond the northern or southern lights.
For the most part, Earth’s magnetic field protects humans from the hail of radiation that comes from sunspots, but solar storms can affect satellite technology.
The solar wind can heat the Earth’s outer atmosphere, causing it to expand.
This affects satellites in orbit, which may disturb GPS navigation, mobile phone signal, and satellite channels.
Particle eruption can also lead to high currents in the magnetosphere.
This can lead to higher than normal electricity in power lines, which leads to electrical transformers, power plant explosion and power loss.
Previous studies revealed that the sun emits an intense solar flame every 25 years on average, the last of which hit the Earth in 1989, and this storm saw power outages in Quebec, Canada.
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While it is impossible to predict when and where a massive solar storm will occur, it is bound to hit the planet in the future.
Experts criticized the lack of preparation for a severe space weather event, warning that it could cost trillions of dollars directly or indirectly, and lead to widespread panic.