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Minor solar storm to hit Earth on Thursday with a stunning auroral show

Minor Solar Storm To Hit Earth On Thursday With A Stunning Auroral Show

Solar Flares – The largest explosive event in our Milky Way is expected to reach Earth by Early Thursday, claims Space Weather Prediction Center. According to a post by NASA, the Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite captured a stunning event of a coronal mass ejection. The event took place around 8.25 p.m. ET Sunday thereby releasing solar flare which traverses across the galaxy. Following the event, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOA) announced a warning expected for Early Thursday ET. Although Solar Flares are usually associated with the destruction it is a notion and not true at all. The incoming Solar Flares have been categorized as “minor” geomagnetic storm & more to be revealed later.

The Incoming “minor” Solar Flare –

On Sunday 8.25 p.m. ET, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite reported a solar flare associated with coronal mass ejection (CME) expected to propel through the Earth on Thursday. Describing the largest explosive event in our galaxy, NOA published a G1 minor geomagnetic storm warning. Following the event, NOA explained that Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is a huge explosion of tons of plasma gas along with its own magnetic field which escapes the Sun’s pull at a staggering velocity of 2 to 3 million miles per hour. This causes an outburst of massive energy which propagates in elsewhere direction as solar flares. In a matter of few days, the solar flares can propagate towards the Earth, however, this is of less concern. It is because of the Earth’s magnetic field aka Magnetosphere which shields the Earth radiation, UV rays, etc round the clock.

According to the post by Live Science, these solar flares made up of charged particles can penetrate through Earth’s magnetic field at the North and South Pole. The precipitating electrons falling down the atmosphere at the poles which interact and will produce phenomenon called Aurora. The incoming solar flare is expected to showcase one of the awesome light show at the North Pole and the South Pole. These lights are called as Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis in scientific terms.

The Ill Effects –

Presently, these solar flares have been categorized as minor as it will cause little or no harm to the species living on Earth. NASA stated that it could feebly damage satellites orbiting in the geosynchronous orbits due to radiation. It can also cause weak power fluctuations in the affected areas, however, there is nothing to be concerned. The solar flares can also affect high-frequency radio waves on Earth for a specific period of time. Although this is cause damage due to the interdependence of humans on technical systems since humans are bluntly dependent on it. NOAA proclaimed a G1 i.e. lowest degree of space storm, however, it could hinder with the navigation of mammals on Earth who largely rely on Earth’s Magnetic Field to find directions.

The Aurora –

The mesmerizing light show will take place at the North Pole and the South Pole that will produce stunning patches and arcs of light waves. Based on the molecule being struck, the aurora will produce red at high altitude or green at low altitude if oxygen is stricken by the precipitating electrons. The phenomenon enjoyed by millions of people every year are tens to hundreds of km in length and can be seen by naked eyes. People can take photos and videos of this striking natural phenomena using their smartphones or standard cameras.

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