New Delhi, May 3: A massive solar storm or geomagnetic storm is expected to hit earth on May 6, as stated in a report by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).Also Read - NASA Announces New Chief Scientist, Senior Climate Advisor
According to the report, the sun has opened its three coronal holes due to which a huge amount of cosmic particles are being ejected towards earth. These cosmic particles would eventually result into a solar storm, the report said further. Also Read - With 4 Earth Science Missions Lined Up, Here Are NASA's Grand Plans for 2022!
Reportedly, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in statement said that according to its forecasters G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible when the gaseous material arrives. Also Read - James Webb, World's Most Powerful Space Telescope, Fully Deployed in Space; to Study Cosmic History: NASA
The statement also asked the high latitude sky watchers to remain alert for weekend auroras, especially in the southern hemisphere. However, experts believe that the solar storm might have far more serious consequences than just the Southern Lights.
It is being speculated that the solar storm may result into a partial Tech Blackout on earth as it may affect the satellite-based technology of the planet.
Magnetic Storm – What is it?
A Magnetic Storm can be defined as a temporary disturbance caused by a solar wind shock wave of Earth’s magnetosphere. It is also known as the solar storm and can be classified into five categories – G1, G2, G3, G4 and G5. While G1 is considered to be a minor storm, G5 can cause terrible consequences on earth.