Shut Your Windows! A Geomagnetic Storm Caused By The Sun Is On Its Way

A SOLAR STORM that might make a "direct hit" on Earth on April 14 will likely get bigger.

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A Coronal Mass Ejection has caused plasma and high-intensity radiation towards the inner planets from our Solar System’s brightest star, the Sun. The coronal mass eruption is expected to hit Earth on Wednesday and Thursday.

According to the Centre of Excellence in Space Sciences India, a halo coronal mass ejection was detected from the Sun it could cause space weather conditions. ACCORDING TO THE CENTER, the CME might impact Earth on April 14 at a speed of almost 20,69,834 kilometers per hour.

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the coronal mass ejection as it ejected debris toward Earth from the corpse of old sunspot AR2987. A full-halo CME erupted from the explosive site shortly after the explosion, according spaceweather.com. The collision might cause a G2-class geomagnetic storm, according to experts.

Generally, CMEs take several days to reach Earth, although some of the most powerful storms were reported to arrive in as little as 18 hours. Due to the extremely efficient flow of energy from the solar wind into the space environment around Earth, a CME that collides with Earth’s magnetic field causes a large disturbance in the magnetosphere. This is known as a geomagnetic storm

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center verified the event as well as warned of a G2-class geomagnetic storm on Thursday and the possibility of a solar radiation storm on Wednesday.

When geomagnetic storms collide with the Earth’s magnetic field, they can cause radio blackouts and, if they strike transformers directly, power blackouts.

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