Space weather forecasters anticipate a solar storm today that could be sparking northern lights. It’s been reported that a hole opened up in the Sun’s atmosphere and this will allow a stream of solar winds to be released.
Experts predicted that the solar winds would be hitting our planet today and tomorrow as well – this could leave to auroras in the upper echelons of the northern hemisphere.
A solar storm is expected to take place today
These particles are making their way across the 150 million kilometer journey from the Sun to Earth where they are expected to arrive on May 19, today.
Express cites the cosmic forecasting site Space Weather that said: “A minor stream of solar wind is expected to buffet Earth’s magnetic field on May 19th and 20th. The gaseous material is flowing from a small hole in the sun’s atmosphere. Geomagnetic unrest could spark polar auroras.”
As you know by now, Auroras are caused when the solar particles are hitting the atmosphere.
As the magnetosphere is bombarded by the solar winds, there can be all kinds of amazing blue lights that can appear because the layer of the atmosphere deflects the particles.
Consequences of a solar storm
On the other hand, experts also made sure to point out the fact that there are some consequences of a solar storm and space weather that can extend beyond the northern/southern lights.
Earth’s magnetic field is protecting humans from the massive wall of radiation that comes from sunspots. Solar storms can also affect satellite-based technology.
Just in case you didn’t know, solar winds can heat the Earth’s outer atmosphere and can lead to its expansion.
The effects are pretty terrible and this can affect satellites that are in orbit, and it can potentially lead to a lack of GPS navigation, mobile phone signal, and more.