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Solar flare is expected to hit the earth in DAYS and alter the power grid and create a geomagnetic storm

A SOLAR flare could hit Earth this week, triggering a geomagnetic solar storm.

Space experts believe a solar flare that has just erupted from the sun could hit Earth on June 5th or 6th.

The sun regularly emits bursts of energy, and some of these hit the earth and cause storms

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The sun regularly emits bursts of energy, and some of these hit the earth and cause stormsPhoto credit: Getty

Experts from SpaceWeather.com explained: “Yesterday a magnetic filament erupted on the Sun and ejected a faint CME into space.

“NOAA forecasters say it could hit Earth’s magnetic field on June 5 or 6.

“Even weak CME impacts can create geomagnetic storms, so there is a possibility of smaller G1 class storms when the CME arrives.”

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

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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 that storm is only rated “G1 Class” if it does arrive.

This means that there can be small fluctuations in the power grid and little impact on satellite communications.

A G1 storm can also confuse migratory animals that rely on Earth’s magnetic field to find their way, including birds and whales.

One good thing about solar storms is that they can create very beautiful natural displays of light like the Northern Lights.

These natural light displays are called auroras and are examples of how Earth’s magnetosphere is being bombarded by the solar wind, creating the pretty green and blue displays.

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Earth’s magnetic field helps protect us from the more extreme effects of solar flares, but it can’t stop all of them.

Last month, a solar flare “swept” the Earth “sideways” and ended up causing radio blackouts over the Atlantic and Europe.

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Chris Barrese

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