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Solar storm HITTING Earth tomorrow; Radio blackouts expected in many regions

A solar storm is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic fields tomorrow, August 3. High-speed solar winds moving towards Earth are responsible for the oncoming storm. Northern lights displays and radio blackouts are expected.

Last week, solar activity was very weak, but it seems that the Sun is finally getting ready. Earlier it was reported that a new sunspot emerged on Earth facing a solar disk that behaved erratically. In just 24 hours after appearing in view of Earth, the sunspot tripled in size. And now it looks like a solar storm will hit our planet tomorrow, August 3rd. This particular solar storm event is unrelated to the sunspot, which continues to grow. High-speed solar winds that have escaped from the Sun’s atmosphere are responsible for this impending storm. Read on to find out just how dangerous it can be.

It was first reported by SpaceWeather.com that Noted on its website, “NOAA forecasters say there is a risk of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms on August 3, when a high-velocity solar wind stream is expected to brush past the Earth’s magnetic field. Gaseous matter flows from a southern hole in the sun’s atmosphere. The website also added an image of the exact area from where the solar winds were released into space and towards Earth. you can check it here.

A solar storm will hit Earth tomorrow

As the predicted solar storm is of class G1, which is classified as minor, the storm shouldn’t cause us much trouble. However, this will cause auroras to be displayed in higher latitudes. The Northern Lights are beautiful, curtain-like light patterns in the sky that occur as a result of refraction of light as solar radiation hits the atmosphere at odd angles. At the same time, there is a minor likelihood of shortwave radio outages, which can affect amateur radio operators and some navigation systems on the day side of the Earth.

Solar storms are divided into five classes ranging from G1 to G5. While G1 is the most minor type of solar storm that can hit the planet, a G5 is the most severe. A good example of a G5 solar storm is the Carrington event which took place in 1859 and destroyed telegraph systems and caused power grid outages.

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