NASA warned of powerful solar storm hitting Earth

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By solar storm that impacted the Earth there could be a massive blackout? It recently transpired that due to a big solar flare that erupted and the past was recorded October 9, 2021, which came to Earth this October 12 °, evidence of the reactivation of the activity cycle in our star.

The Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, raised the Kp index, a measure of disturbance of the Earth’s magnetic field, at 6 (moderate level). The Kp index levels range from 0 (quiet) to 9 (strong).

The CME partnered with a M1.6 class solar flare of Active Region 2882 that peaked on October 9. M-class flares they are one-tenth the size of the most intense, X-class flares. The number provides more information on their strength. An M2 is twice as intense as an M1, an M3 is three times as intense, etc.

What does NASA say?

As reported by the NASA, la flare also generated an eruption of energy particles solar which was detected by the space agency’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory-Ahead Observatory, or the STEREO-A spacecraft.

STEREO-A too detected CME from his vantage point far from Earth. The initial velocity of the CME was estimated by NASA’s Moon-to-Mars Space Weather Operations Office at approximately 983 kilometers per second.

According to the United States Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), this fact could cause “a wide area blackout of the communication by radio HF -high frequency-”For almost an hour.

Although it is not verifiable and only remains as a probability, the experts of the NASA they reported that solar storms could affect services used daily on Earth as:

  • GPS systems
  • Mobile phone signal
  • Satellite television
  • Electrical networks

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