A solar storm is incoming and researchers believe it could hit our planet this weekend. NOAA forecasters say a 65% chance Earth will be caught in the stream possible effecting satellites and causing power grid blackouts.
Unfortunately for Earth, our planet is caught in the cross hairs of this stream of particles, and space weather forecasters say there is a 65 percent chance it could hit on January 5.
Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated that the large hole opened up in the sun’s atmosphere – which is a common occurrence – and will likely interact with Earth’s magnetic shield.
When the particles hit, it will result in a solar storm for Earth which could see Southern or Northern Lights – or aurora australis and aurora borealis – depending on which hemisphere the solar winds hit.
As the magnetosphere gets bombarded by solar winds, stunning blue lights can appear over the upper reaches of the Northern hemisphere and the lower parts of the southern hemisphere.
Website Space Weather said: “NOAA forecasters say there is a 65% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on Jan. 5th.
That’s when a stream of solar wind flowing from a large hole in the sun’s atmosphere is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field.”
While this solar storm is not dangerous, the consequences could be far more serious than the appearance of the Northern or Southern Lights.
For the most part, the Earth’s magnetic field protects humans from the barrage of radiation, but solar storms can affect satellite-based technology.
Solar winds can heat the Earth’s outer atmosphere, causing it to expand.
This can affect satellites in orbit, potentially leading to a lack of GPS navigation, mobile phone signal and satellite TV such as Sky.
Additionally, a surge of particles can lead to high currents in the magnetosphere, which can lead to higher than normal amounts electricity in power lines, resulting in electrical transformers and power stations blow outs and a loss of power.