Magnetic storm lesser known facts: How is it caused and other FAQs

Magnetic storm lesser known facts: How is it caused and other FAQs

According to the SWPC, it's possible that the solar storm - which will occur when charged particles from the sun interacting with Earth's magnetic field - will cause "weak power grid fluctuations" and may have a "minor impact on satellite operations".

A solar storm is actually expected to impact the Earth from March 14 to March 15, but it certainly isn't massive.

In an emailed statement to Newsweek, NOAA Space Weather Forecast Center chief Robert Rutledge told the publication that reports of a "massive" geomagnetic storm affecting our planet on March 18 may have been blown out of proportion.

The initial news on the massive geomagnetic storm appeared on Monday, and soon after fired up Google News.

NOAA says the incoming solar storm is expected to be a G-1 "minor" storm. On the 18th, readings will likely just reach the threshold for a G1-a minor-geomagnetic storm. G1 storms, like the one due on Sunday, occur about 2,000 times every 11 years-or once every two days.

This scale is based in part on an index created from the amount of magnetic deviation a storm might produce on the ground combined with measurements of a variety of currents with fabulous names, including the "auroral electrojets" and the "field-aligned current".

In this handout photo provided by NASA, a Solar and Heliospheric Observatory image shows Region 486 that unleashed a record flare on November 18, 2003. The category rises from G1 to G5 with the increase in the intensity of the geomagnetic storms.

"The sun storms can pose some risks to astronauts, and they can upset the electronics and transmissions on science, military, and communications satellites". When compared to 1859, yet another similarly intense storm was seen in 2012 which disrupted power grids, however, it was not too unsafe since it flyby near Earth with a margin of nine days.

One major solar storm, now called the Carrington Event, struck the planet in 1859 and reportedly knocked out telegraph systems all around the world. The federal government's website offers tips on preparing for a major space weather event. Tips include making sure you get groceries ready and gas in the vehicle, amongst other things.

And if you're going to get space weather predictions from somewhere, get them from a scientific authority-not someone on YouTube-and double-check the legends.



Related Posts

QB McCown signs new Jets deal amid Bridgewater rumours
Years have gone by where the New York Jets have lost out on either signing or drafting a franchise quarterback. Both players are on one-year deals, so they still haven't found their long-term solution at quarterback.

How the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes affects the AFC West
While he is not generally considered to be a top 10 quarterback, his strong play the last three years has not gone unnoticed. But he was able to succeed in Minnesota while playing behind an elite defense as well as having two risky receiving weapons.

Man arrested in Nicaragua for murder of nursing student
Authorities suspected that he left the country by "international air travel", according to a statement by police. Anderson, a nursing student at the State University of NY at Binghamton, was from Westbury, Long Island.

Jeff Goldblum to reprise Jurassic Park role in franchise's new video game
Ian Malcolm - that's the character that I play in those Jurassic Park movies", Goldblum said during his casting announcement. Universal, in partnership with Frontier Developments, announced that Jeff Goldblum will return to the role of Dr.

Trump considers firing veterans affairs secretary David Shulkin
President Trump is considering replacing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Energy Secretary Rick Perry . President Donald Trump stunned the nation and the world Tuesday morning, firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via a tweet.

Raiders lose out on DT Mo Wilkerson, signs with Packers
He will also contribute to the pass rush - Wilkerson recorded double-digit sacks in two of his seven seasons with the Jets. Eventually, the Jets had enough and he was a healthy scratch for the last three games of the 2017 season.

Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar joins BJP
The previous Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat was the first in two decades that witnessed voting. The Nationalist Congress Party's 41 votes will be good enough for its candidate Vandana Chavan.

Malcolm Butler to sign with Tennessee Titans
He figures to slide in at the top of the Titans depth chart alongside Adoree' Jackson and his former Patriots teammate Logan Ryan. That's close to the $40 million guaranteed that Stephon Gilmore received from the Patriots a year ago.

Google Brings the Assistant to the iPad
That being said, many folks who have used both the Assistant and Apple's Siri recommend the former over the latter by a long shot. Google also points out that with multitasking in iOS 11 , you can take advantage of that larger screen size in other ways.

Trump Blocks the Deal by Qualcomm and Broadcom
Lawmakers accused the company of having close links to Beijing, and said it posed a threat to USA national security . Donald Trump has issued a presidential order which has halted the takeover of Qualcomm for the time being.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.