A solar storm is currently hitting Earth at a speed of 2.1 million kilometers per hour.
A SOLAR storm is racing at Earth at a startling 600 kilometers per second, prompting astronomers to warn that it could cause global technical problems.
A massive solar flare has been blasted into the solar system by a sunspot. Unfortunately for Earth, the flare’s winds are presently striking the planet, with researchers estimating that the solar storm is traveling at 600 kilometers per second, or more than 2.1 million kilometers per hour.
According to researchers, this might cause a G1-class geomagnetic storm on Earth.
A solar storm of this magnitude might cause “mild power grid fluctuations” and have a “minimal impact on satellite operations,” according to NASA.
“A fast-moving (almost 600 km/s) stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field,” Dr. Tony Phillips, senior astronomer for Space Weather, wrote on the blog on June 16.
“As a result, on June 16, isolated G1-class geomagnetic storms are conceivable.
“Aurora watchers at high latitudes should be on the lookout for auroras, particularly in the southern hemisphere, where October darkness favors visibility.”
According to Dr. Phillips, the solar storm will most likely just be intense enough to cause auroras.
Northern lights (aurora borealis) and southern lights (aurora australis) are both created by solar particles colliding with the atmosphere.
As the magnetosphere is battered by solar winds, spectacular blue lights can arise as the particles are deflected by that layer of the atmosphere.
While most solar flares are minor, Dominic Cummings, an ex-advisor to Boris Johnson, believes the government’s planning for them is inadequate.
Despite the fact that solar flares were added to the National Risk Assessment in 2011, Mr Cummings told the Science and Technology and Health and Social Care Committees in May that little is being done to prepare.
“There isn’t a culture of consulting outside experts,” he remarked. I’ll give you an example: I was talking to some folks recently, and one of them asked, “Did you ever read the plan on solar flares?”
“I answered no, and they argued that if you seek some expert advise on it, you’ll see that the current government strategy is hopeless,” I said.
“If that happens, we’ll all be in a lot worse shape than Covid.
“All risk register programs should be thoroughly reviewed from top to bottom.”
Previous research has proven that the Sun produces a powerful solar flare. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”