If much of the news coverage is to be believed, the coming solar storm is "massive" and could "cause power outages" because of "equinox cracks" that have appeared in Earth's magnetic field, leaving us vulnerable.
One major solar storm, now called the Carrington Event, struck the planet in 1859 and reportedly knocked out telegraph systems all around the world.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) refuted reports that a substantial storm will disrupt telecommunication systems over the weekend. That storm then can cause solar flares, a release of magnetic energy, and cause the Earth's aurora borealis to light up, bringing Northern Lights chasers joy all over the globe.
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These events may be induced radiation or streams of charged, electrical particles at a speed of over 4 million kph. A similar geomagnetic storm happened in 1989 which caused a 9-hour blackout in Canada.
"The storm is impressive by recent standards, but nowhere near the maximum intensities often generated at the height of the solar cycle". When compared to 1859, yet another similarly intense storm was seen in 2012 which disrupted power grids, however, it was not too unsafe since it flyby near Earth with a margin of nine days.
A solar flare that erupted on August 4, 1972, knocked out long-distance communication across some USA states, according to NASA.
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A benefit of solar flares can be enhanced auroras or natural light displays such as the Northern Lights seen in the countries of the Arctic Circle. The weather in the space is quite cool and there is no imminent threat of any type of geomagnetic storm. G1 storms, like the one due on Sunday, occur about 2,000 times every 11 years-or once every two days.
According to the SWPC, it's possible that the solar storm - which will occur when charged particles from the sun interacting with Earth's magnetic field - will cause "weak power grid fluctuations" and may have a "minor impact on satellite operations".
But the cracks could also create wonderful opportunities for stargazers to catch a better view of the Northern lights.
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