Major solar storms won't hit Earth this week, says NOAA

The charged magnetic particles headed toward Earth were caused by solar flares on March 6 and 7

The charged magnetic particles headed toward Earth were caused by solar flares on March 6 and 7

In fact, NOAA admits that a geomagnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th but this one will not even reach the G1 magnitude, therefore, it can't affect the satellites, the Global Positioning System equipment, or other communication means, as the Russians informed.

And if you're far enough north, or perhaps in Antarctica (hi there!), you may get to feast your eyes on the aurora as the charged particles channelled towards the poles by Earth's magnetic field interact with the ionosphere.

It was created last week by an enormous explosion in the sun's atmosphere known as a solar flare, and charged particles from that flare are now on their way to our planet. The storm could result in blackouts and jeopardize communication satellites, and thus all telecommunication on Earth.

What else can it do? "G-1 is the lowest of our geomagnetic storm scale - that comes with, frequently, no effect".

"Railway networks could be affected in case of an extreme space weather event due to the direct impact on system components, such as track circuits or electronics, or indirectly via dependencies on power, communications, and progressively on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for timing and positioning", ScienceAlert reported, quoting JRC.

Nasa said the first of the two flares - classified in the potent X class and facing directly at the Earth - was the biggest this year.

According to NOAA, the worst possible scenario on that day would be a minor magnetic storm.

NOAA did warn of a minor geomagnetic storm which will barely reach a minor G1 out of G5 threshold on March 18.

The event coincides with the formation of "equinox cracks".

NOAA supports creating forecasts for weather on our planet.

When the sun emits superheated plasma, otherwise known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), it can trigger a geomagnetic storm.

"Effects of a coronal hole are expected to impact the Earth within the next 12 to 48 hours", an alert on by BOM said.

While solar storms have the potential to be unsafe, they are by and large harmless to the average person.

The sun has an 11-year cycle of sunspot activity, with the last maximum having taken place in April 2014.

It will fly by Venus and travel into the corona - the sun's upper atmosphere, with the aim of learning more about the particles that are ejected by the sun.

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