Earth is being “lashed” by a powerful “cannibal” solar storm TODAY and there is a chance of radio interference

Earth is expected to be hit by multiple solar storms, space weather experts have warned.

We could see a strong solar storm over the next few days, as well as some mild ones, according to Science Alert.

Solar flares and outbursts can cause geomagnetic storms on Earth

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Solar flares and outbursts can cause geomagnetic storms on EarthPhoto credit: Getty

The experts at SpaceWeather.com agree with these claims and believe that a solar storm could hit Earth today, August 18th.

They wrote: “NOAA forecasters say strong G3-class geomagnetic storms are possible on August 18-19, when a series of CMEs are expected to brush Earth’s magnetic field.

“During such storms, naked-eye auroras can penetrate as far as Illinois and Oregon (geomagnetic latitude 50 degrees) in the United States.

“However, satellites and power grids will not be affected. That would require an extreme storm.”

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A CME is a solar flare called a coronal mass ejection, which is a huge ejection of plasma from the sun’s outer layer, called the corona.

This mass ejection of particles from the sun travels through space and the earth uses its magnetic field to protect us from it.

Every solar storm that hits Earth is graded by severity, and the one that could hit today has been classified as G3 class.

This means there is potential for some pretty natural lighting displays over some American states.

A G3 class storm can also cause problems with low frequency radio navigation and some high frequency radio links may be intermittent.

Stronger storms can also lead to false alarms on the protective devices of power supply systems.

In 1989, a powerful solar flare shot down so many electrically charged particles that the Canadian province of Quebec was without electricity for nine hours.

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Not only do they cause problems for our technology on Earth, but they can also be fatal to an astronaut if they cause injury or interfere with mission control communications.

The sun has begun one of its 11-year solar cycles, during which flares and flares usually become more intense and extreme.

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Chris Barrese

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