SPACE experts are closely watching another solar flare.
There is a possibility that a huge mass of particles that just erupted from the sun could hit the earth’s magnetic field tomorrow.
Space experts at SpaceWeather.com explained: “A magnetic filament on the Sun erupted on May 7 and ejected a CME into space.
“NOAA analysts say it could deal a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on May 10th.
“This is a low confidence forecast. Minor geomagnetic storms are possible if/when the CME arrives.”
As the experts point out, there is still a chance that the solar flare will not hit the Earth, but a solar storm is possible if it does.
A CME is a type of solar flare called a coronal mass ejection.
It’s a huge ejection of plasma from the sun’s outer layer, called the corona.
When solar flares collide with the Earth’s magnetic field, they can create geomagnetic storms that affect our satellites and power grid.
Luckily, tomorrow’s potential solar storm should only be minor if it does happen.
Each solar storm that hits Earth is ranked by magnitude.
Some cause radio failures and can pose a hazard to astronauts on the ISS.
A small storm can confuse migratory animals, which rely on the earth’s magnetic field to orient themselves.
One good thing about solar storms is that they can create very beautiful natural light displays 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 pretty green and blue displays.
The Earth’s magnetic field helps protect us from the more extreme effects of solar flares.
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.
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.
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https://www.the-sun.com/tech/5296869/solar-flare-predicted-hit-earth-geomagnetic-storm/ The solar flare is expected to deliver a ‘grazing blow’ to Earth TOMORROW, unleashing a faltering geomagnetic storm on the power grid