Huge 1.6 million km/h solar storm expected to hit Earth this weekend; solar winds could trigger geomagnetic storm over the planet
Mumbai, July 11: A powerful solar storm is approaching Earth at 1.6 million kilometers per hour. The storm will collide with Earth on July 11 or 12. These solar winds could trigger a geomagnetic storm over the planet. According to Spaceweather.com, the storm emanates from the Sun's atmosphere and could affect an area of space dominated by Earth's magnetic field. People living at the North Pole or South Pole may witness a beautiful aurora at night. The solar flare was recorded on July 3. Galactic Solar System(s)! Scientists have discovered a distant star system with planets orbiting with a strange "rhythm" around their orbits.
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According to the U.S. space agency NASA, the storm's speed is likely to continue to increase. Satellite signals may be disrupted due to the storm. The impact of the solar storm will be concentrated at the subsolar point on the sunlit side of the Earth, the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center said. According to the published report, there is also the possibility of a high-frequency radio outage. However, this will depend on the current intensity of the X-ray flux. Seeing all the planets in the solar system together with the moon tonight is a rare sight. Here is a timeline of the stunning celestial event.
The Space Weather Prediction Center has labeled the solar storm as X1. Satellites in Earth's upper atmosphere could also be affected by the storm. NASA estimates that the maximum and average speed of these winds will be around one million miles per hour. "As the winds head toward Earth, they drag the Sun's magnetic field with them," the Express reports, citing Nicky Fox, director of NASA's Heliophysics Science Division.
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These winds can even alter the Earth's magnetic field. Because of this, GPS navigation, cell phone signal, satellite television and power grids are expected to be affected. In particular, in March 1989, a solar storm caused a nine-hour outage in the Hydro-Québec power transmission system in Canada.