An ‘apocalyptic’ Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) will strike Earth later on Thursday, causing potential disruption to power grids around the world, scientists have warned.
A minor earthward-direction CME already hit Earth’s magnetic field on Wednesday. NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) expects a much larger, and more devastating earthbound CME to strike Thursday-Friday.
Infowars.com reports: SWPC has already issued geomagnetic storm watches for a minor geomagnetic storm today, a strong geomagnetic storm on Thursday, and a moderate one on Friday.
The impacts will be insignificant now, but that could change tomorrow as a strong geomagnetic storm can spark power grid fluctuations, create satellite irregularities, and degrade radio and GPS signals. SWPC’s storm severity scale is 1-5.
A visual of the CME impacts on modern society.
Here’s more from spaceweather:
Geomagnetic Storms will be visible to the naked eye in the US as far as Illinois and Oregon (geomagnetic latitude 50 degrees).
The sun is in a very active 11-year solar cycle called Solar Cycle 25, which began in December 2019.
The solar cycle peak is expected in 2025, but even before that, its presence will be felt on and around Earth via CMEs disrupting modern life.
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