Is the Earth in danger?

Is the Earth in danger?
Is the Earth in danger?

The Sun has recently produced its largest flare in almost two decades. Specifically, he did it on Tuesday, a few days after several solar storms will hit the Earth, creating dazzling northern lights in places not used to having that spectacle. “This is not over yet!” announced the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Tuesday’s is the largest flare of this 11-year solar cycle. In fact, the phenomenon is approaching its peak, according to NOAA. The good news is that the Earth would not be in any danger, since it would be out of the line of fire. This is because the flare that exploded would be in a part of the Sun quite far from our planet.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory was the organization that captured the bright flash of the X-ray flare. Experts have already described it as the strongest since 2005. Bryan Brasher of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, believes that as time passes and scientists gather data from other sources, could be even stronger than it seems In the first moment.

This same expert has assured that, although the flare seems to be heading away from Earthanalyzes are still being carried out, for greater security.

What are solar storms?

This phenomenon occurs almost a week after a solar storm produces other solar flares that threatened to disrupt Earth’s power supply and communications.

NASA has revealed that that storm caused one of its environmental satellites will turn unexpectedly due to the altitude reduction caused by space weather, and will enter a protective hibernation state known as safe mode. Additionally, on the International Space Station, the seven astronauts were advised to remain in areas with strong radiation shielding, although NASA has assured that the crew was never in danger.

But what is a solar storm? Also known as a geomagnetic storm, it is a phenomenon that occurs when the Sun emits a large amount of charged particles and electromagnetic radiation that interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field and the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

When those particles reach Earth, they can cause a variety of effects. Among them, the generation of induced geomagnetic currents on the Earth’s surface, which can affect electrical networks and communicationsas well as provoke northern lights at high and low latitudeslike those that have been seen in some places in Spain in recent days.

Although we may think not, solar storms occur regularly and, since most of them are of moderate intensity and have a limited impact on Earth’s infrastructure, they usually we have nothing to worry about.

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