New Delhi: A powerful solar storm is approaching the Earth at a very high speed of 1.6 million kilometres and is expected to hit the planet’s atmosphere on Monday. Weather experts are keeping an eye on it. The geomagnetic storm is said to have been originated from the Sun’s atmosphere, according to a report by Spaceweather.com. This would have a significant impact on the region of space dominated by Earth’s magnetic field.Also Read - India Soon Going To Launch 75 Satellites To Space Made By Students: PM Modi at UNGA
“THE SOLAR WIND IS COMING: Later today, a high-speed stream of solar wind is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. Flowing from an equatorial hole in the sun’s atmosphere, wind speeds could top 500 km/s. Full-fledged geomagnetic storms are unlikely, but lesser geomagnetic unrest could spark high latitude auroras,” read the post on their website. There will be a view of fascinating celestial lighting for people living at the North or South Pole caused by the solar storm. Also Read - NASA's Mini-Helicopter 'Ingenuity' Captures Mars Rock Feature in 3D View
Spaceweather.com added that the outer atmosphere of the Earth could be heated, due to solar storms, which could have a direct effect on the satellites. This could cause interference with GPS navigation, mobile phone signal and satellite TV. The current in power lines can be high, which can also blow transformers. As per the US space agency, NASA, the speed of the solar storm could even go beyond the expected 1.6 million kilometres per hour. Also Read - Montdenier, Montagnac: NASA Perseverance's Rock Samples to Provide Insight Into History of Mars
What causes a solar storm?
Solar storms are formed in an 11-year cycle that shifts the polarity of the Sun’s magnetic field. The magnetic forces at work on the sun get tangled during the process and can punch out through the surface, sending the sun’s plasma into outer space and potentially triggering storms on Earth.