Solar storm to hit Earth in 48 hrs, potential blackout as mobile, TV, GPS services will be affected

Solar flare hitting Earth, computer artwork.

Researchers have warned that the consequences could be far more serious.

Representative image.

The Hush Post: Get ready for a technical blackout in the next 48 hours as a solar storm is expected to hit planet Earth. A coronal hole has opened up on the Sun, releasing a huge swarm of cosmic particles. This solar storm will be the first in this month and could blast Earth with solar particles, potentially wiping out technology across the globe, affecting satellite based services like mobile, TV, GPS etc.

A brief statement on the website Space Weather read, “Cutting across half of the solar disk, a wide hole in the sun’s atmosphere is turning toward Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind toward our planet. This extreme ultraviolet image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the gaseous canyon”.

Coronal Hole on Sun.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the storm could cause Northern and Southern lights when it arrives. However, researchers have warned that the consequences could be far more serious.

Solar winds, which are a stream of particles from the sun, can heat the Earth’s outer atmosphere, causing it to expand. Additionally, a surge of particles can lead to high currents in the magnetosphere, which can lead to higher than normal electricity in power lines, resulting in electrical transformers and power stations blow outs and a loss of power. The higher amounts of radiation also leave people vulnerable to cancer.

NOAA has classified the impending solar storm as a G-1 class geomagnetic or ‘minor’ meaning it would be lighter one but could cause enough damage.

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