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Severe Solar Storm Likely to Hit Earth on May 6; Experts Fear Partial Tech Blackout

A massive solar storm or geomagnetic storm is likely to hit earth on May 6, as per a report by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Updated: May 6, 2018 12:52 AM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Rini Sharma

Severe Solar Storm Likely to Hit Earth on May 6; Experts Fear Partial Tech Blackout
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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).

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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.

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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.

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.

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Published Date: May 3, 2018 10:14 PM IST

Updated Date: May 6, 2018 12:52 AM IST