A sun storm caused an unusual solar flare to lash out in the direction of the earth. Although it’s nothing to be alarmed about, the conditions of the atmosphere may be affected by this solar disturbance.
A sunspot burst out with incredible force on Wednesday leading to a lot of radioactive energy. And this punch from the sun’s direction is aimed right in earth’s direction.
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The charged particles may wind up affecting the atmosphere of the earth in indirect ways. The phenomenon is known as CME or coronal mass ejection. And further investigations into the matter are being undertaken.
It is a good thing that such solar outbursts don’t affect human wellbeing on earth. However, astronauts aboard space stations may get a blast of unneeded radiation.
And satellites as well as electric lines on earth may get adversely affected by the solar phenomenon. But, other than that, the only real changes on earth are aurora displays of lights in the northern and southern regions.
There is a gap of a few days before the charged particles reach earth. That is because the sun is at such a great distance from the planet. The sunspot has been labeled as AR2158 by astronomers and it has been undergoing disturbances over the past couple of days or so.
"Active Region 2158, now near center disk, produced a X1 (NOAA Scale R3- Strong) solar flare today at 10/1745 UTC. Impacts to HF radio communications on the daylight side of Earth are expected to last for more than an hour," the National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center reported on its Facebook page.
"Initial information suggests that CME is likely associated with this event, but further analysis is underway at this time."
The activity on Wednesday actually caused a wipeout of the radio signals in a particular region for a period of 60 minutes. The X-flare is the strongest in its class of flare-ups.
Other related solar outbursts include the M type and A, B and C varieties. And they are all on a much smaller scale than the one we are currently facing.
It is the Aurora Borealis that is expected to light up soon after this solar sizzler. The magnetism of the earth will be dizzied too due to this outbreak.
Electricity lines and radio communications are the first things to be altered and gridlocked due to this solar scheming.
We can only wait and see what exact connotations and denotations this solar storm will have for the sort of stuff that happens on spaceship earth.
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According to SpaceWeather, "NOAA forecasters estimate a nearly 80% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Sept. 12th when the first of the two CMEs arrives. Auroras are in the offing, possibly visible at mid-latitudes before the weekend."