Plasma ejecta from the sun could impact Earth today

You may not want to catch these rays.

An unusual magnetic storm emitted by the sun has the potential to impact Earth on Thursday and cause significant damage and disruption.

Nicknamed the “wrath of the sun”, the Center for Excellence in Space Sciences of India (CESSI) tweeted this week on the detection of energy expulsions, hypothesizing a “very high probability of impact on Earth” on April 14.

The solar activity is what scientists call a geomagnetic storm, which produces a “magnetic discharge” of coronal mass ejections.

Basically, the increased activity on the sun will expel this energy towards our planet, causing power outages and radio signal interruptions.

On the plus side, solar flares create a beautiful light show, called auroras, like the Northern Lights.

“While storms create beautiful auroras, they can also disrupt navigation systems like the Global Navigation Satellite System and create damaging geomagnetic induced currents in the power grid and pipelines,” according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Solar flares can cause auroras, such as the Northern Lights.
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Coronal mass ejections are plasma and magnetic fields emitted from the sun’s corona, the bright halo around the star, out into space toward the inner planets.

NASA and NOAA have tracked these emissions from the sun before, including some from just two weeks ago that nearly missed, but this storm is different. While significant damage from coronal mass ejections is rare, this might be the exception.

NOAA says this type of storm is a “major disturbance of Earth’s magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind to the space environment surrounding Earth.”

solar flare from the sun
Plasma ejecta from the sun have the power to remarkably perturb our planet.

Higher elevations are more at risk, according to NOAA, while mid-altitude areas won’t see as much damage but could still experience power outages.

NASA has also predicted that “rapid solar wind currents” could cause the geomagnetic storm to intensify once it hits Earth.

sun activity
While these emissions are not rare, they are more common now that the sun is experiencing increased activity.

“During storms, currents in the ionosphere, as well as energetic particles precipitating into the ionosphere, add energy in the form of heat that can increase the density and density distribution in the upper atmosphere, causing additional drag on the atmosphere. satellites down. -Earth orbit,” says NOAA.

These energy emissions from the sun, according to CESSI, are due to the bright star approaching its solar maximum, the “period of greatest solar activity during the sun’s 11-year solar cycle.”

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