Solar storm alert!  Massive Solar Flare Heading Towards Earth, Threatens Blackouts

Solar storm alert! Massive Solar Flare Heading Towards Earth, Threatens Blackouts

A massive solar flare has escaped from the Sun to Earth! NOAA has warned of possible radio outages following the resulting solar storm in the coming days.

A huge solar flare has escaped from the Sun! This solar flare terror is expected to hit Earth soon. This can lead to a powerful solar storm which may well be strong enough to cause radio blackouts here. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued an alert. This solar flare erupted from the surface of the Sun on July 14 and headed towards Earth. Space weather expert Dr. Tamitha Skov posted her reaction to the Sun-triggered solar flare on Twitter. So what are solar flares? Well, NASA says, “Solar flares are an intense burst of radiation from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots. Solar flares are the largest explosive events in our solar system. bright in the sun and can last from minutes to hours.” She also warns that “…the blackout will happen on July 18.”

Tamitha Skov posted this on Twitter: “New Region 3058 Fires M2.9 Flare! It is now the fourth region of the Sun with the X-factor. NOAA sets the X-flare risk at 10%, but this may soon increase. What does a class X flare mean? The solar flare X-factor designates one of the most intense flares. And the number with the solar flare intensity symbol denotes its strength. Solar flares are classified into four classes – A, B, C, M and X, depending on their intensity. So, the most powerful solar flare would be an X rated solar flare while M denotes the second strongest solar flare.

Impact of solar flares on Earth

Dr. Skov further added that “further radio blackouts will likely impact amateur radio operations on the day side of Earth. GPS users remain alert at dawn and dusk. This means that the solar storm is expected to cause significant outages to GPS navigation systems on Earth. This means that it is capable of disrupting the travels of small aircraft as well as ships.

However, NOAA mentioned in its latest report: “A slight chance that S1 (minor) solar radiation storms will be present on July 17 and 18, primarily due to the favorable location of active regions 3053 and 3055, as well as growth noted in the 3056 region.” NOAA has confirmed that radio outages reaching R1 levels have been observed in the past 24 hours. One of the biggest took place on July 16, 2022 at 15:39 UTC. This poses even more risk to Earth with a chance for a minor to moderate level or even a slight chance for an R3, which is strong in nature, that the outage will occur on July 18 when observing current active regions. on the solar disk.

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