Nov 3, 2018 – A large coronal hole is now facing Earth. Because of this feature, a high-speed solar wind stream is expected to reach our planet within the next 24 hours. Minor (G1) geomagnetic storming will be possible at high latitudes. There may also be a smaller chance for isolated moderate (G2) storming as well depending on the dynamics of the incoming solar wind stream. Visible aurora will be possible this weekend.
Space weather forecasters believe a coronal hole which has opened on the sun is blasting solar winds towards Earth.
When a coronal hole opens in the Sun’s atmosphere, it releases solar particles into deep space.
Unfortunately for our planet, Earth is in direct line with two of these huge holes.
As the solar particles hit Earth’s atmosphere, they have the potential to cause aurora borealis or aurora australis – Northern and Southern Lights, respectively.
According to the website Space Weather, the solar storm is likely to hit on November 3.
The website states: “Forecasters say there is a 45 percent chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms on November 3 when a stream of solar wind is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field.
“The gaseous material is flowing from a large hole in the sun’s atmosphere.
“During G1-class geomagnetic storms, auroras can descend as far south as a line from Maine to Washington in the USA.”
However, the consequences of solar storms can be far more serious than the appearance of the Northern or Southern Lights.
For the most part, the Earth’s magnetic field protects humans from the barrage of radiation, but solar storms can affect satellite-based technology.
Solar winds, which are a stream of particles from the sun, can heat the Earth’s outer atmosphere, causing it to expand.
This can affect satellites in orbit, potentially leading to a lack of GPS navigation, mobile phone signal and satellite TV such as Sky.
Additionally, a surge of particles can lead to high currents in the magnetosphere, which can lead to higher than normal electricity in power lines, resulting in electrical transformers and power stations blow outs and a loss of power.
The higher amounts of radiation also leave people vulnerable to cancer.