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Solar Storm to hit Earth on Aug 3 as NASA warns of sun’s increased activity

A high-speed solar storm emerging from a ‘hole’ in the sun’s atmosphere will hit Earth’s magnetic field on Wednesday, August 3, but thankfully, it’s not…

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A high-speed solar storm emerging from a ‘hole’ in the sun’s atmosphere will hit Earth’s magnetic field on Wednesday, August 3, but thankfully, it’s not a strong one. NASA has also warned of Sun’s increased activity recently.

On planets like Earth that have a strong magnetic field, solar debris gets absorbed. This in turn triggers geomagnetic storms. 

Our planet’s magnetic field is slightly compressed by the waves let out by these high-energy particles.

Strong geomagnetic storms can disrupt Earth’s magnetic field enough to have satellites tumbling back into our planet. Scientists have warned that an extreme storm can damage internet connections worldwide and also cause blackouts.

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Solar Storm to hit Earth on August 3

As per Space Weather, (as reported by Live Science), the forecasters at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) made the prediction about a solar storm hitting Earth on August 3 after observing that “gaseous material is flowing from a southern hole in the sun’s atmosphere.”

The storm, however, will be a weak one. The G1 geomagnetic storm will cause minor impacts and fluctuations in power grids and impact the functioning of some satellites such as those set up for mobile devices and GPS systems.

It will reportedly also bring the aurora to as far south as Michigan and Maine.

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NASA warns about increased solar activity

The Sun has become more active over the past few years, NASA claims. The star at the center of our solar system apparently works on a cycle of 11 years, during which its activity and intensity increase and decrease.

For the unversed, the Sun’s activity is measured by the number of sunspots on the star’s surface. They are counted every day since 1755.

During the 11-year period, there is a point of “solar minimum,” which is the least numbers of sunspots, and a point of “solar maximum,” when there are maximum sunspots.

“The Sun’s activity has quickly ramped up and even though we haven’t reached peak levels in this cycle, the Sun’s activity is already exceeding predictions,” Director of NASA’s Heliophysics Division, Nicola Fox, said in a blog last week.

“Solar events will continue to increase as we near solar maximum in 2025, and our lives and technology on Earth, as well as satellites and astronauts in space, will be impacted.”

Which is the largest solar storm so far?

As per scientists, the largest solar storm in contemporary history was the 1859 Carrington Event.

It took place at the year’s beginning and released approximately the same amount of energy as 10 billion 1-megaton atomic bombs.

The solar particles had fried telegraph systems across the globe. They also caused bright auroras to occur as far south as in the Caribbean.

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