Solar storm could hit Earth this week


In fact, NOAA admits that a geomagnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th but this one will not even reach the G1 magnitude, therefore, it can't affect the satellites, the Global Positioning System equipment, or other communication means, as the Russians informed.

Weather Network says that the effects of the storm will be pretty minimal.

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The magnetic storm was created last week by an explosion in the Sun's atmosphere known as a solar flare, which caused charged particles from the flare to make their way to Earth. As per NOAA, news portals across the globe misinterpreted the graph published by the Russian Academy of Science and misunderstood a feeble G1 category of the storm into a massive storm.

The storm's arrival coincides with the formation of "equinox cracks" in the Earth's magnetic field, which form around the equinoxes on March 20 and September 23 every year.

"This is just garbage, quite frankly", Robert Rutledge, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), said of the coverage around this solar storm, in an interview.

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Scientists rate geomagnetic storms on a scale between G1 and G5, and G5 is supposed to be the strongest, most extreme storm.

Usually, geomagnetic storms are cataloged in 5 different main levels depending on the magnitude, from G1 to G5 levels of geomagnetic storms' magnitudes.

The SWPC says that the northern lights could be seen as far south as ME and MI thanks to the stream of charged particles heading our way.

A solar storm is actually expected to impact the Earth from March 14 to March 15, but it certainly isn't massive.

One major solar storm, now called the Carrington Event, struck the planet in 1859 and reportedly knocked out telegraph systems all around the world. G-5 is the highest level of geomagnetic activity, potentially disrupting spacecraft and satellite operations and causing power grid voltage control problems. They have been fairly common as of late, with the March 18 storm being the third already in 2018, but some are larger than others.

In March 1989, a powerful geomagnetic storm set off a blackout in Canada that left six million people without electricity for nine hours. The upcoming storm will put quite a show for stargazers around the world who can assemble at a flawless spot to watch the auroral lights and other natural phenomena that follows.