Experts predict that a solar flare could hit the earth, triggering a terrifying geomagnetic storm that could affect power grids and satellite communications.
Space experts think a solar flare could hit Earth on May 28.
The predicted “smash hit” would produce “G1-class geomagnetic storms”.
SpaceWeather.com experts said that “a magnetic filament snaking through the corpse of the decaying sunspot AR3016 exploded on May 25 (1824 UT), producing an M1-class solar flare.”
“Coronagraphic images from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) confirm that the explosion sent a CME into space,” they said.
“Most of the CME will miss the Earth, passing just further and south of our planet. However, a fraction of the cloud will strike. “
“NOAA analysts expect a graze to Earth’s magnetosphere on May 28 with the possibility of small G1-class geomagnetic storms.”
Any solar flare that shoots through space and hits Earth can trigger a geomagnetic storm.
What could happen on Saturday has been tagged as a G1 class, so it wouldn’t have much of an impact if it were to happen.
Class G1 means that the solar storm could cause weak fluctuations in the power grid and have a small impact on satellite communications.
A G1 storm can also confuse migratory animals that rely on Earth’s magnetic field for a sense of direction.
One good thing about solar storms is that they can produce very nice natural light shows like the Northern Lights.
These natural light displays are called auroras and are examples of the earth’s magnetosphere being bombarded by the solar wind, which creates graceful green and blue displays.
The Earth’s magnetic field helps protect us from the most extreme consequences of solar flares.
We mainly notice their impact when they affect our technology on Earth.
In 1989, a strong solar flare shot so many electrically charged particles onto Earth that the Canadian province of Quebec lost energy for nine hours.
This article originally appeared on The sun and is republished here with permission.
Originally published as The solar flare should deliver a “smear hit” to Earth