Today’s solar winds will impact Earth at a speed of 300 kilometers per second.
According to forecasts, Earth will be battered by solar winds today, which might cause “geomagnetic unrest” on the planet.
Solar winds that result from a flare caused by a sunspot are near to Earth. According to experts, the solar wind might reach Earth today and continue to pummel our planet for the next 24 hours.
The solar wind is moving at more than 300 kilometers per second, according to the astronomy website Space Weather.
This translates to about one million kilometers per hour.
“Minor geomagnetic unrest is predicted on June 15-16 when a stream of solar wind hits Earth’s magnetic field,” said Dr. Tony Phillips of Space Weather.
“The gaseous debris is coming from a hole in the sun’s atmosphere to the south.
“A possible high-latitude aurora will not be hampered by a waxing crescent Moon.”
Thankfully, solar winds are not expected to wreak any more damage than auroras this time.
Auroras, such as the northern lights (aurora borealis) and the southern lights (aurora australis), are generated when solar particles collide with the Earth’s 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.
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Researchers point out, however, that the effects of a solar storm and space weather can be felt well beyond the northern and southern lights.
The Earth’s magnetic field shields humans from the harmful radiation emitted by sunspots for the most part, although solar storms can disrupt satellite-based equipment.
The Earth’s outer atmosphere can be heated by solar winds, causing it to expand.
This may impact satellites in orbit, resulting in a loss of GPS navigation, mobile phone service, and satellite television services such as Sky.
High currents in the magnetosphere can also be caused by a surge of particles.
This can cause higher-than-normal electricity to flow through power lines, resulting in transformer and power station blowouts and power outages.
According to previous research, the Sun produces an intense solar flare every 25 years on average, with the last one reaching Earth in 1989.
Because conducting rocks on Earth can transport extra energy from the magnetic shield and plough it into the national grid, there were power disruptions in Quebec, Canada, during this storm.