Solar Storm Heading Our Way

Article written: 3 Aug , 2011
Updated: 26 Apr , 2016
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Early today, (Aug 3, 2011) two active regions on the Sun, sunspot 1261 and 1263 unleashed solar flares, which was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The above video shows an M6 class flare from 1261 in a couple of different wavelengths. SolarstormWatch, a citizen science project through the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England predicts the solar storm from the larger flare to reach Earth at 15:00 UTC on August 5, 2011, and also predict direct hit on Earth.

See below for a graph of the activity:

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Solar storms are a concern if they hit Earth directly since under the right conditions, they can create extra electrical currents in Earth’s magnetosphere. The electrical power grid is vulnerable to any extra currents, which can infiltrate high-voltage transmission lines, causing transformers to overheat and possibly burn out.

Check SpaceWeather.com and the National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Center for more information.

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12 Responses

  1. Soumya says

    What are the bad impact of this??? Please explain.

    -Soumya-

  2. RJ says

    All our wireless and electronic stuff might stop working correctly, or alltogether

  3. Anonymous says

    Put on your tin foil hats !

  4. rowan says

    My penis is wearing a tin foil hat.

  5. i live in scotland. will i see the night sky light up with this solar storm?

  6. Jacob Langone says

    Better Not chiz with my ds. sure hope its not that powerful.

  7. Kevin says

    Machete dont text

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