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Magnetic storm on March18 will have massive impact, say Scientists

Magnetic storm on March18 will have massive impact, say Scientists”

A GEOMAGNETIC storm is expected to hit earth tomorrow, but is it cause for concern?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an organization that predicts weather on Earth and space.

Geomagnetic storms are rated on a scale of G1 to G5, with G5 being the most extreme.

'The largest storms that result from these conditions are associated with solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) where a billion tons or so of plasma from the sun, with its embedded magnetic field, arrives at Earth'.

What is this magnetic storm?

What is a magnetic storm?

When compared to 1859, yet another similarly intense storm was seen in 2012 which disrupted power grids, however, it was not too unsafe since it flyby near Earth with a margin of nine days.

How is a magnetic storm caused?

Solar storms are known to happen when the Earth's magnetosphere is disturbed for a short period of time by the energy created by solar winds.

A big hole has opened up in the sun and spewed out a massive stream of radiation that's now heading towards Earth. CME storms are more intense than a high-speed solar wind storm.

Magnetic storms, depending on their threshold, can disrupt the telecommunication systems, radio communications, radar blackouts, and disruption of radio navigation systems on Earth.

Magnetic storms also have the potential to damage satellite electronics through build-up discharge of static-electric charges, and subject astronauts and high-altitude pilots to increased levels of radiation. According to the federal government's Ready.gov website, one geomagnetic storm in 1859 shocked telegraph operators and set the paper they were working with on fire, while another in 1989 caused a nine-hour blackout in Canada. Those who witnessed the event could see a handsome formation of northern lights, which are usually visible in Polar Regions, extended as far as Huawei, Mexico, Cuba, and Italy.

Magnetic storms aren't so rare. Instead, the storm that will take place on March 18 is just a feeble solar storm which is classified as a G1 category and will not harm any electrical types of equipment at all.



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