Solar storm heading for direct hit with Earth within 48 hours, says NASA model – World News

A solar storm is set to hit Earth on Thursday and it could cause power outages, as well as disruptions to GPS and radios, an expert has warned after studying NASA and NOAA models

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Another geomagnetic storm is heading for a “direct hit” with Earth within 48 hours, which could cause power outages, GPS and radio outages.

NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) models predict that a rapid solar wind current will help push the cyclone before it makes an impact on the planet’s magnetic field on Thursday.

At that point, it is expected to “intensify”, according to one expert.

It is the second in a few days – and it could mean chaos for satellites and spark power fluctuations, reports Daily Express.

Space weather physicist Tamitha Skov took to Twitter today with the warning.

She said: “Directly hit – solar storm prediction models from both NOAA and NASA show that the storm hits on April 14, just ahead of a rapid solar wind current.

“This should amplify the storm as the current will give it a push from behind!”







Another solar storm in a few days will hit Earth
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She added: “The chances of reaching G2 level are 80 per cent at high latitudes and 20 per cent at medium latitudes.

“The risk of radio interruption remains low, but amateur # radio operators and GPS users face interference on the Earth’s night side.”

When solar storms reach Earth’s magnetic field, power outages can cause power outages if they directly hit transformers, the Daily Express reports.

NASA says the G2-class storm will arrive due to a coronal mass emission (CME) – a major plasma release from the sun’s outer layer.

Such a storm occurs if enough energy from the solar wind is exchanged in the immediate vicinity of the Earth.

The storms are then ranked by the US Space Weather Center (SWPC) on a scale from G1 Minor up to G5 Extreme.

It says that when CMEs collide with the planet’s magnetosphere, “all the extra radiation can damage the satellites we use for communication and navigation, it can disrupt the power grid that supplies our electricity”.







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The incoming disturbance can cause northern lights that are similar to northern lights.

The northern lights themselves could be visible from Sunday to Tuesday if the sky is clear enough, the Met Office says.

Mrs. Skov went on to say, “Aurora field reporters, be sure to charge your camera batteries!”

She continued: “The NASA solar storm prediction model shows that the battle will take place a little later on April 14 at 12:00 UTC time compared to the NOAA model, which shows the arrival a little earlier at 7:00 UTC time!

“At least both indicate an excellent chance for the Northern Lights!”

It comes after a G3 storm – classified as major – hit the atmosphere on Sunday and could still be felt on Tuesday.

Experts have warned that the Earth would struggle to cope with the effects of a G5 storm should it occur.

According to SpaceWeather.com, the current solar winds are blowing at 516.6 km / sec. with a density of 7.5 protons / cm3.

In late March, 17 solar flares erupting from a single spot on the sun lead to yet another solar storm warning.

NASA observatories discovered the flames before announcing that at least two of them were on a direct collision course with Earth.

Solar activity has been rising and falling naturally every 11 years, according to scientific observations.

Although the pattern is not quite like a clockwork, and astronomers believe that we are now entering a period of increased solar activity that may peak in 2025.

In 2020, a new family of sunspots was found on the surface of our star.

This produced the largest solar eruption seen by astronomers since 2017.

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