After the eruption of a solar tsunami on Sun, a HUGE solar storm will hit Earth tomorrow;  Power outages expected

After the eruption of a solar tsunami on Sun, a HUGE solar storm will hit Earth tomorrow; Power outages expected

A strong solar storm is expected tomorrow, July 23, when a full-halo coronal mass ejection (CME) will hit Earth and its magnetic field. This can cause radio outages and GPS disturbances.

This week has been filled with solar storms as coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and solar winds from the Sun hit Earth repeatedly. But these storms did not cause much damage as they were relatively minor and remained in the G1 class. However, reports have confirmed that Earth will be hit by a full halo CME, which indicates that a large amount of solar particles are flying towards Earth. The CME is expected to hit Earth tomorrow, July 23, and the resulting solar storm will follow thereafter. Due to the size of CME, the solar storm may even reach class G3, with radio outages and GPS disturbances expected to affect the dayside of Earth. Read on to find out what damage it is likely to cause.

It was first reported by SpaceWeather.com who noted, “Solar storms are possible on July 23 when a full-halo CME is expected to hit the Earth’s magnetic field. The thundercloud was hurled towards Earth by a solar tsunami eruption, described below. NOAA forecasters say that G1 to G2 (minor to moderate) class storms likely have a slight chance of moving into the G3 (strong) category.”

A solar tsunami will cause a powerful solar storm on Earth tomorrow

The full CME halo was caused by what is called a solar tsunami – a massive eruption on the Sun’s surface that released waves of magnetic flux and solar particles directed towards Earth. It should be noted that Earth has not seen a G3-class solar storm since March, when two different CMEs came together to form a powerful storm whose effects were observed down to mid-latitudes.

A solar physicist who uses the Halo CME Twitter handle posted images of the flare with a caption that read, “This was from the Type II radio flare this morning from AR 13060. This is so diffuse that we need difference images. (right) to see it. It could just be a shock wave with no flux cord.”

A G3-class solar storm can cause minor damage to satellites in Earth’s higher orbits, disrupt shortwave radio outages and GPS systems, and even cause brief fluctuations in sensitive wireless instruments. The solar storm is not strong enough to impact mobile networks, internet services, and power grids. Aurora enthusiasts can also see a brilliant display of lights tomorrow in the sky, even at mid-latitudes.

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