A geomagnetic storm will hit Earth on Wednesday. It comes from a "hole like a cyclone in the atmosphere of the sun"
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 06 July 2022, at 08:41 am Los Angeles time
A geomagnetic storm is expected to hit the Earth's magnetic field on Wednesday, according to experts.
The news comes after a massive solar flare almost hit our planet early last week. Although it did not affect the Earth, the eruption "threw a dense plasma of solar wind in our direction," according to SpaceWeather.com.
Now, experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict that a minor class G1 geomagnetic storm will strike on July 6, according to The Sun.
A G1 geomagnetic storm classification means that the solar event will not affect people on Earth, but may cause power outages and satellite operations.
This storm will also produce auroras that may be visible to those living in many northern states of the United States.
NOAA experts noted that the solar wind flow comes from a "cyclone-like hole in the sun's atmosphere."
Holes in the sun's atmosphere are known as "coronary holes". They are practical areas of the sun's atmosphere that appear dark in X-ray and ultraviolet images.
The coronal holes are very hot and consist of a bright outer layer of atmosphere surrounding the sun. They can also extend millions of kilometers into space.
Particles can escape through these holes. They are also a major source of high-speed solar wind flows.
Therefore, when solar particles hit the Earth, they can cause geomagnetic storms.
About solar flares:
When solar flares hit the Earth's magnetic field, they are called "solar storms." This event can cause geomagnetic storms that affect our satellites and the electricity grid.
Each solar storm that hits the Earth is classified according to its severity.
Some cause radio interruptions and can be a threat to astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).
One good thing about solar storms is that they can produce natural light landscapes, such as the northern lights.
Auroras are examples of the Earth's magnetic field bombarded by the solar wind, which creates stunning green and blue landscapes.