A geomagnetic storm is expected to hit the earth today or tomorrow. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) validated the forecast.
“A G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for 6-7 Apr in response to the anticipated arrival of the 3 Apr CME, which originated from a filament eruption that was centred near S22W30,” according to NOAA.
However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) did not issue any warnings to the general public.
According to NOAA’s Twitter account, on 3 March, a coronal mass ejection (CME) from a 25-degree-long filament lifted off the Sun, causing a magnetic storm.
Further, these storms could have an influence on electrical infrastructures, such as power grids and power plants, radio and satellite communications, and navigation systems, in addition to bringing the aurora to higher altitudes.
“A fraction of the storm cloud appears to be heading for Earth and could strike our planet’s magnetic field on April 5th or 6th. A glancing blow could spark a minor G1-class magnetic storm,” SpaceWeather stated in its observation.
Meanwhile, as defined by NOAA, this is a G1 magnetic storm or a minor one.
What is a geomagnetic storm?
A geomagnetic storm, also known as a magnetic storm, is a brief disruption of the Earth’s magnetosphere generated by a solar wind shock wave and/or cloud of magnetic field interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field.
Moreover, variations in the solar wind cause large changes in the currents, plasmas, and fields in Earth’s magnetosphere, resulting in these storms.
Meanwhile, G1 to G5 are the several types of magnetic storms, with G5 being the most powerful.
Further, a powerful magnetic storm – G4 or G5 – would disrupt life on Earth and ruin anything powered by electricity.
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