Solar Storm This Week to Cause Disruptions?!

( – A Moderate solar storm is supposed to hit Earth, and here’s everything you need to know about the effects of it and what to watch for.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s, also called the NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center noticed a piece of the sun’s coronal mass pull off of it, also called a Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, and has issued a geomagnetic storm watch. A moderate solar storm will be caused by this CME on Earth on Monday and Tuesday.

The type and severity of the disturbance caused by the solar storm is dependent on how the piece of mass interacts with Earth. It can vary based on solar winds, plasmas, and fields in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Solar storms do have the potential to affect technology like radio, GPS systems, and other navigational systems. It also can cause added energy to the magnetosphere which can increase density and distribution of this density, which can cause a drag on satellites that are closer to Earth.

The coordinator for NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, Shawn Dahl, spoke out about the solar storm and what we can expect.

Dahl said that he doesn’t expect the solar storm to affect our day-to-day lives. However, he did say that the power grid may notice unusual activity, but that they are programmed and built to be able to handle it.

This solar storm can push the Northern Lights into locations that don’t normally get to see these beautiful lights. The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are usually only seen in places such as Alaska, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Russia, as well as some other parts, but not usually past that.

In the case of a G5 solar storm, which is the strongest type of solar storm, it can actually push the Northern Lights to be seen anywhere from Florida to Southern Texas. The lights will travel further south with stronger solar storms.

Dahl also said that the solar storm headed our way is classified as a G2 storm and it should not be of concern to the public.

These solar storms can start occurring more and more as the sun reaches its solar maximum. It reaches its solar maximum every 11 years before returning to its normal state. Dahl also said that the solar cycle’s projected peak will last from now until October.

He ended his statements by mentioning the solar eclipse that will occur on April 8 and will be visible to most people.

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