A large solar flare emerged yesterday from the sun in the most powerful storm the current weather cycle has ever seen. It launched what is known as an X1-class solar flare, the most powerful of its kind, which peaked at 3:30 p.m., according to reports. NASA officials described it as a “major solar flare” and added that it was captured on video in real time by the space agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Now, a coronal mass ejection from the glow could hit Earth over the weekend.
The CME is a large explosion of charged particles from the glow.
When these satellites enter the atmosphere where the satellites are located, widespread power outages and communications failures are a major concern.
It’s already wreaking havoc, causing a temporary but powerful radio blackout in the sunlit part of South America.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) space weather forecaster reported that the R3 event (strong radio attenuation) occurred as a result of a “pulsating flare.” that “appears to have CME-related signatures.”
This may herald bad news, with more chaos on the way.
Space meteorologists at Spaceweather.com said the CME is racing toward Earth. At 1,260 km / sec (2.8 million mph).
It is expected to arrive on Earth on Saturday or Sunday.
Space weather physicist Dr. Tamitha Skov said on Twitter: “Straight hit for Halloween! The solar storm launched during today’s flare X is heading for Earth!
NASA’s forecast confirms the impact as of early October 31.
“Expect the Northern Lights at mid-latitudes, as well as GPS reception problems and ham radio disturbances on the night side of Earth!”
But while Class X flares represent the most intense class of solar flares, the number indicates the intensity of Class X flares.
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Ealier This month, Express.co.uk spoke with Professor Matthew Owen, an expert in space weather at the University of Reading, about the damage geomagnetic storms can cause.
He warned that the worst case scenario is that we could see global blackouts lasting for days.
This time with a G-3 storm, stronger than the previous G-2 storm this month, we could really be in for a shock.
The UK has experienced the devastating effects of a solar storm once before.
In 1859, a powerful magnetic storm hit Earth.
Known as the Carrington Event, it was the most powerful solar storm on record.