Geomagnetic storms are expected to directly hit Earth in the coming days, according to space weather authorities.
The incoming space weather event occurs as a solar storm dust cloud is reportedly bombarding the Blue Planet as of the latest reports in the past 24 hours.
Some of these reports include not only the arrival of geomagnetic storms but also solar radiation storms and radio blackouts, with a number of living organisms at risk, as well as radio frequencies, power grid system, and satellites at risk.
The occurrence of these space storms has increased in previous months.
Still, space authorities such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) emphasized that this could further increase as the Sun’s solar cycle becomes more active by end of the year.
Massive blackouts in Southeast Asia and Australia were reported in months, affecting electrical infrastructure.
Despite the frequency, there has been no related solar storm events of severe or critical magnitude this year, as compared to the massive solar storm called the “Carrington Event,” which is said to be the most intense magnetic storm in recorded history.
The massive solar flare in 1959 was never experienced again, at least at this time, despite causing large-scale power grid failures, disruption of migratory birds, and the occurrence of the Northerns or Aurora Borealis, situated in the Northern Hemisphere.
Solar Storm Cloud
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A series solar storms of significant magnitude is expected to continue hitting Earth in the coming days, according to space.com, particularly throughout the remainder of the weekend.
The looming solar threat transpired following a powerful solar outburst in the form of a coronal mass ejection (CME) occurred on Thursday, July 21, this week from our solar system’s only star.
The geomagnetic storm or so-called solar storm cloud were likely to have peaked on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and July 23.
However, there are still no significant reports of significant solar storm-related events in various continents of the world, wherein North America and Europe have been vulnerable from the events before.
While the CME took place on Thursday, the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) said geomagnetic activity will still continue from Sunday to Tuesday, July 24 to July 24.
During this period, the space weather hazards like geomagnetic storms, solar radiation storms, and radio blackouts are possible.
Coronal Mass Ejection
Being the culprit behind the latest looming threat, CMEs are some of the types of solar storms along with solar flares that release high-energy particles, resulting in emission of the said hazards.
NASA stated that a massive CME contain billion tons of matter that can accelerate for up to severe million of miles per hour.
While they are often associated with solar flares, both can occur independent from each other.
In the coming months, succeeding solar storms are possible to continue, since the Sun is approaching its solar activity peak in 2025.
This projection has been laid out by experts back in 2019 during a press conference initiated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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