UNITED STATES: Scientists and researchers worldwide are on edge due to the possibility that a strong solar flare would strike Earth. A large flare reportedly brought radio blackouts on July 15 in numerous areas. Dr Tamitha Skov, a specialist in space weather, has forecast a solar storm to strike Earth directly on July 19.
The physicist stated that the flare was launched from the Earth-strike zone in a social media post about it. It generated a massive solar storm that resembled a filament of a snake. On July 19, NASA warned that the flare might have severe geomagnetic impacts on Earth.
The organisation also warned that on the evening of July 19, the general public should anticipate significant radio and GPS signal disruptions. She also mentioned that the solar storm on July 19 might be a G2 or G3 storm. The lengthy filament, which resembled a snake, gracefully cartwheeled off the Sun.
“It will be challenging to predict the magnetic orientation of this Earth-directed solar storm. If the magnetic field of this storm is headed southward, G2-level (perhaps G3) conditions could develop! “She said.
According to research, the intensity of a geomagnetic storm can be scaled from one to five, with one denoting a minor storm and five denoting an extreme one. This implies that a powerful flare could disrupt radio and communication.
The Sun has been producing filaments and sunspots, and it is expected to continue producing a variety of solar activity in 2021. Although asteroids have struck Earth, no damage has been documented. In March 2022, Earth was hit by a powerful solar storm. A few days later, a G1 storm made landfall there.
NASA defines a solar flare as an intense radiation burst caused by the discharge of charged particles from the Sun’s sunspots. These are bright spots on the Sun’s surface and can last for several hours. The Sun’s photon discharge typically causes these flare explosions.
There are solar flares that can be very intense. It can migrate toward Earth and engage with the planet’s electromagnetic field. It was around three days ago when this B-category storm began. It does not threaten life, although it may impact different electricity and communications industrial sectors.