Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Geomagnetic solar storm on Earth: Everything you need to know

Geomagnetic solar storm on Earth: Everything you need to know

These storms could turn out to be extremely risky because they can disrupt telecommunications, navigation, and electrical power around the Earth.

Though NOAA's Rutledge stressed in his statement that things should be fine on March 18, Newsweek noted that serious geomagnetic storms could indeed cause chaos should they hit our planet.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) refuted reports that a substantial storm will disrupt telecommunication systems over the weekend.

When the clouds react with the Earth, they can interact with the Earth's magnetic field and cause geomagnetic storms. says the solar storm will only be rated a G1 class, which is minor.

Intense displays are generated following massive explosions on the sun, which release clouds of hot plasma that contain billions of tons of material travelling around two million miles per hour into the solar wind.

According to Wonderopolis, in February 2011, a CME produced a solar flare that "disrupted radio communications throughout China".

Instead, the storm that will take place on March 18 is just a feeble solar storm which is classified as a G1 category and will not harm any electrical types of equipment at all. "G-1 is the lowest of our geomagnetic storm scale - that comes with, frequently, no effect".

"Closer to Earth's surface, solar activity can cause disruptions of radio signals (particularly HF), provide a small dose of radiation to passengers on high-latitude flights, and provoke auroras (northern and southern lights)".

One of the solar flares that was created last week is said to be the largest in a cycle known as the solar minimum, which dates back to early 2007.

The strongest flares though can have an impact across the whole planet, triggering widespread radio blackouts and long-lasting storms - affecting Global Positioning System signals, radio communications and power grids.

Though the name sounds intimidating, a geomagnetic storm really is no big deal and happens hundreds of times a year.

Scotland remains the best place to see the Northern Lights in the United Kingdom, given its closer proximity to the North Pole, and can be most visible in the Scottish Highlands and Scottish Isles.

But the cracks could also create incredible opportunities for stargazers to catch a better view of the Northern lights.

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