A solar storm is incoming after a huge hole opened on the surface of the Sun’s atmosphere, scientists have warned. The storm, which could knock out GPS, mobile phone signal, and digital television, is expected to hit Earth on Friday, March 15, and is the result of a “canyon-shaped” hole in the Sun’s upper atmosphere. The long and narrow slit in the Sun’s atmosphere – known as a coronal hole – is unleashing a barrage of cosmic rays and unfortunately for Earth, it is in the way. Space weather forecasting experts have predicted the solar storm will reach us on March 15.
A solar storm will reach Earth Wednesday (March 14) and could supercharge the planet’s auroras, making them visible from the northernmost parts of the U.S.
Severe Solar Storm
A severe solar storm slammed Earth on Monday afternoon, increasing the chances of fluctuations in the power grid and GPS. It also pushes shimmering polar auroras to places where more people can possibly see them.
Federal forecasters said the Northern Lights may be able to be seen Tuesday night as far south as Iowa or Pennsylvania.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a potent blast of magnetic plasma shot out of the sun on Sunday, travelling faster than usual, hitting Earth with the biggest solar storm since September 2005. The storm could last a day or longer.
St. Patrick’s Day Solar Storm Bombards Earth, Sparks Auroras
A massive solar storm is bombarding Earth today (March 17), sparking stronger than normal auroras for St. Patrick’s Day. The solar storm poses no threat to satellites, but may affect GPS and radio signals.