A hole has appeared in the equatorial region of the Sun’s atmosphere, researchers say. The hole emits solar particles at a speed of 500 kilometers per second or 1.8 million kilometers per hour. Unfortunately on Earth, it is in the direct path of the flow of solar particles.
Forecasters expect the stream to hit Earth on Sunday, May 2, and this could affect the Earth’s satellite technology.
It is categorized as a class G1 storm, which can lead to “slight fluctuations in the electricity grid” and can have a “minor impact on satellite operations”.
Astronomer Tony Phillips wrote on his website about space time: “Small G1 class geomagnetic storms are possible on May 2, when a stream of solar wind is expected to hit the Earth̵
“The gaseous material flows faster than 500 km / s from an equatorial hole in the solar atmosphere.”
While this solar storm is largely insignificant, some experts warn that a major solar storm is a matter of “when not if.”
From time to time the Sun emits sunlight, which in turn releases energy into space.
Some of these solar flares can hit the Earth and for the most part are harmless to our planet.
However, the sun can also emit solar flares, so powerful that they cripple earth’s technology.
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As such, experts complain about the lack of preparation for extreme space weather, warning that it could cost trillions and cause widespread panic.
Risk consulting firm Drayton Tyler said: “The solar superstorm is a ‘when, not if’ event.
“In the worst case, direct and indirect costs are likely to reach trillions of dollars with a recovery time of years, not months.
“The probability of an event of this magnitude is estimated by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom as one every ten years.”