According to experts, the resulting storm will be insignificant, class G-1, and its impact will be minimal.
< p>According to the statements of scientists, on Wednesday – August 3, a geomagnetic storm will hit our planet, as a high-speed solar wind moves towards the Earth, writes Interesting Engineering.
However, according to experts, the resulting solar storm will be insignificant, class G-1, and its impact will be minimal. However, it can seriously disrupt satellite navigation, radio communications, damage electrical networks, and confuse migratory animals that use the Earth's magnetic field as a navigational tool.
As the Sun approaches the peak of its solar cycle, future geomagnetic storms may not be as harmless. Historically, the strongest solar storm was that of 1859, sometimes referred to as the “Carrington Event”. According to experts, it released energy equivalent to 10 billion one-megaton atomic bombs. The resulting auroras lit up the night sky brighter than any full moon and were visible as far south as the Caribbean.
Does the sun have “holes” too?
The more scientists study the Sun, the more they learn about the various activities that take place on its surface. Last month, sunspots turned into large filaments of magnetism, sending more flares in our direction.
Recently, researchers noticed a “hole” in the southern part of the Sun's atmosphere. Unlike sunspots or filaments, where magnetic field lines originating on the surface bounce back, a solar hole radiates outward into space and can therefore send plasma at millions of kilometers per hour.
When ejected into our plasma and solar debris can take 15 to 18 hours to reach Earth. The interaction of highly magnetized particles with the planet's magnetic field leads to geomagnetic storms, which are classified into classes from G1 (weak storms) to G5 (extremely strong storms).