Solar storm: Earth might be attacked by ‘high-speed’ space weather.
A “HIGH-speed” solar storm might collide with our planet, perhaps causing power grid problems and satellite technology challenges.
Experts watching the Sun’s surface activity have discovered a sunspot that has unleashed a solar flare, also known as a coronal mass ejection (CME). Despite the fact that this flare was released some days ago, it is on its way to Earth and may hit on June 8.
When it happens, on June 8, it has the potential to cause a G1 geomagnetic storm.
A solar storm of this magnitude might cause “mild power grid fluctuations” and have a “minimal impact on satellite operations,” according to NASA.
“Today, geomagnetic activity is low,” stated Dr. Tony Phillips, chief astronomer for Space Weather, on his blog on June 7.
“It could be a stormy day tomorrow. On June 8, a high-speed solar wind stream will batter Earth’s magnetic field, perhaps causing G1-class geomagnetic storms.”
The presence of’sunspots’ on the surface of our host star causes CMEs to form.
Sunspots are places of high magnetic fields, thus they are normally cooler than the rest of the Sun’s surface.
Because the magnetism is so strong, it prevents some of the heat from escaping.
However, when the magnetic field strengthens, the pressure inside the sunspot rises, potentially resulting in a solar flare or a coronal mass ejection (CME).
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 found that the Sun produces an intense solar flare every 25 years on average, with the latest one occurring in the year 2000.