Huge solar storm set to slam Earth TOMORROW

A superb display of aurora borealis seen

Huge solar storm set to slam Earth TOMORROW

Perhaps you've heard; a solar storm is on the way.

Updated | Some media outlets have reported that Earth is expecting a "massive magnetic storm" on March 18.

But that's not the full story.

Stargazers do not need telescopes to see the Aurora Borealis with the incredible colours visible to the naked eye. However, American scientific agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has debunked the speculation. Rutledge went on to say that he's unsure what "equinox cracks" are, and that the SWPC doesn't use that term. When compared to 1859, yet another similarly intense storm was seen in 2012 which disrupted power grids, however, it was not too risky since it flyby near Earth with a margin of nine days. These solar storms are accounted based on a scale of G1 to G5 where G1 is a weak/minor solar activity.

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The sun is actually pretty quiet at the moment.

The storm could also knockout satellites and was created last week by an enormous explosion in the sun's atmosphere known as a solar flare.

That's a far cry from the serious power outages touted by some.

A large solar storm was forecast to hit Earth last month. Moderate storms, known as G2 storms, are somewhat more intense than G1 events, though still not a huge cause for concern.

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In the past, large-scale geomagnetic events have disrupted communication satellites and caused blackouts. They can also cause voltage surges in power grids, causing blackouts. "Transformers may experience damage". In 1859, a massive geomagnetic storm named as "Carrington Event" happened on September 1 to 2, 1859 when it caused Northern Lights to be visible across Cuba, Hawaii, and even part of northern United States while the Southern Auroral Lights were seen as far as in Chile.

A spokesman for NASA said: "Solar flares and CMEs are not a danger to humans on Earth's surface, as the planet's magnetic field (magnetosphere) and atmosphere deflect and absorb the solar energy and particles".

Just because this storm isn't up to the hype doesn't mean that solar storms in general should be ignored.

A temporary disturbance of the Earth's magnetosphere, a geomagnetic storm is the result of a solar wind shock wave and/or a cloud of magnetic field, causing an increase in plasma movement and electric current through the magnetosphere.

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