Solar storms are sweeping across the planet at 1.6 million kilometers per hour. It is feared that this storm may hit the Earth either on Sunday or Monday, resulting in a global power outage.
SpaceWeather.com reports that the storm originated in the Sun’s atmosphere. Solar wind is spewing from a hole in the Sun’s atmosphere in the direction of Earth.
Direct effect on radio signals
This collision can also interrupt satellite signals, according to the website. Moreover, it can have a direct impact on radio signals, communication, and the weather. Additionally, the storm can have a significant impact on a region of space dominated by Earth’s magnetic field.
NASA estimates that the speed of the solar storm could increase from 1.6 million kilometers per hour.
Can cause interference in mobile phone signals
As a result, the Earth’s outer atmosphere can heat up, which will affect satellites directly. It interferes with GPS navigation, mobile phone signals, and satellite TV signals. The current in power lines can be increased. The magnetic field of the Earth acts as a protective shield, so this is rarely the case.
The Space Weather Prediction Centre of the United States predicts that the impact of the solar flare will be centered on a subsolar point on the sunlit side of Earth. NASA has classified this flare as an X1.5 flare.
Flares of the X-class are the most intense, while the number provides information about their strength. X2s are twice as intense as X1. The X3 is three times as low, etc.
As a result of the solar storm, people living at the North or South Pole will see beautiful celestial lighting (auroras) at night.
Solar storms have historically caused chaos in parts of the world. In March 1989, a solar storm caused a blackout of Hydro-Québec’s transmission system in Canada.