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In recent days, the sun was increasingly active as its new solar cycle became more violent, and it was alive with a flurry of activity, With sunspots emitting magnetic energy and releasing fast-moving particles called coronal mass ejections (CMEs).
Now, according to scientists, After detecting 17 solar flares from one sunspot, two of them are heading directly to EarthThe dazzling northern lights can illuminate the sky as far north as the American continent.
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Earth-directed volcanic eruptions, released by active regions 12975 and 12976 of the Sun on March 28, They’ve merged into a “cannibal coronal mass ejection” and are heading our way at 1,800,000 miles per hour.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), when it collides with Earth’s magnetic field on the night of March 31, the result will be a powerful G3 geomagnetic storm.
G3 storms are classified as strong geomagnetic storms, which means that The next solar eruption could bring the aurora borealis as far south as Pennsylvania, Iowa and Oregon in the USAs mentioned Live Science.
The NOAA SWPC modeled the two coronal mass ejections released during M-class activity. The ENLIL model predicts a combined effect (second CME faster than the first) after midnight UTC on March 31. G2 moderately stormy conditions are possible. pic.twitter.com/dnon5fqQAS
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Our magnetic field is expected to harmlessly absorb storm energy, but large solar storms still have the potential to wreak havoc. G3 storms can cause “intermittent problems with satellite navigation and low-frequency radio navigation,” according to the SWPC.
For its part, the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center warned that Surface charging of satellite components can occur, which could increase drag on LEO satellites and that corrections may be necessary for routing problems.
“Satellite navigation problems and low radio frequencies may occur, and high-frequency radio may be intermittent,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a warning.
A geomagnetic storm destroys 40 Starlink satellites
It’s not the first time a geomagnetic storm has hit the Earth.; The frequency of space weather events increased with the increased activity of the Sun in its new solar cycle. A recent storm in February returned 40 of SpaceX’s Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites back to Earth.
The geomagnetic storm was the result of a coronal mass ejection from the Sun by an M1 solar flare that lasted about four hours. Scientists have also previously warned that a bigger one may have the potential to cripple the internet around the world.
It is important to remember that the sun does not always play well with forecasts. CME can come sooner or later. It’s also possible that it won’t interact as strongly with our magnetic field as expected.
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