A solar storm moving at 1.8 million km / h is expected to hit Earth this weekend, which could affect our satellite technology.
Categorized as a Class G1 storm, the impacts are expected to be minor, but may include fluctuations in the power grid, impacts on satellite operations and even impacts on migrating animals when they hit tomorrow, May 2nd.
This happens when a hole appears in the equatorial region of the sun’s atmosphere, say researchers, which emit solar particles directly to Earth at a speed of 500 km / s or 1,800,000 km / h.
Writing about the upcoming event on his website Space Weather, for Daily Express, astronomer Tony Phillips explained: “Small G1 class geomagnetic storms are possible on May 2, when a stream of solar wind is expected to hit the Earth’s magnetic field.”
Phillips continued, “The gaseous material flows faster than 500 km / s from an equatorial hole in the solar atmosphere.”
NASA explains that solar storms themselves can last from a few minutes to several hours, although the effects of geomagnetic storms can linger in the Earth’s magnetosphere and atmosphere for days to weeks.
The solar flares that hit the Earth are mostly harmless, but the sun is able to release bursts that are so powerful that they can cripple Earth’s technology. In 1989, for example, a solar storm cut off power to the entire province of Quebec, Canada.
Although Sunday’s storm is not expected to have a major impact, some experts believe the more significant solar storm is a matter of “when not if”.