NOAA says a solar storm is expected to reach Earth around 12 midnight tonight. PHOTO/ IST
Disturbances to Earth’s magnetosphere caused by geomagnetic storms are expected today following a massive eruption of magnetic fields and plasma from the solar corona.. READ ALSO – NOAA Says A Solar Storm Will Hit Earth Tonight
The British Meteorological Office and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the phenomenon is expected to reach Earth around 12 midnight tonight (11/11/2021).
As reported by The Sun Tuesday (12/10/2021), even the National Meteorological Service (SWPC) Space Forecasting Center in the United States confirmed that storms could affect power lines and transformers, disrupt satellites and disrupt radio communications.
A statement on the SWPC website states that the phenomenon known as Corona Mass Ejection (CME) is expected to reach Earth in a matter of hours today.
CME, also describes geomagnetic storms occurring on Earth on a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is the weakest and 5 is the most potentially damaging.
Associate Professor from the Institute of Disaster Risk and Reduction, Dr. Robert Wicks says geomagnetic storms can cause disturbance power supply.
“If there is a geomagnetic storm large enough to cut off the UK’s energy supply, it means radiation in space is very bad. This will cause the satellite to be damaged or inoperable for a period of time during which satellite communications, GPS and weather forecasts are at risk of being affected.” ” he said.