According to reports, a solar storm will hit the earth on the weekend of November 19–20. Know the dangers of the effects of this solar disturbance.
The development was reported by SpaceWeather.com, which noted on its website: “A fast-moving solar wind stream is expected to impact Earth’s magnetic field on November 19 or 20. It flows out of a southern hole in the Sun’s atmosphere. High-latitude skywatchers should keep an eye out for auroras later this week.”
A dangerous solar storm is brewing for the weekend
While the website only talked about auroras, the approaching solar storm is capable of much worse. While it’s not possible to estimate how strong the incoming solar storm may be, it’s likely that it won’t be a very intense storm. However, it is still capable of jamming radio waves and causing radio blackout. This can also affect GPS systems. As a result, flight times may be delayed and ship transport may be affected. If you’re in the affected zone (which you can find out more about this weekend on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website), you should check to see if any of your flights have been postponed.
While this solar storm may not be strong, the threat of a G5 class solar storm has not completely disappeared. The sun is still at the peak of its solar cycle and the intensity and frequency of solar storms are only getting much worse. If you’re wondering how this might affect you, know that such solar interference can damage satellites, affect cellular networks and Internet connections, and cause power outages. Although people are not directly affected by radiation, it can still cause a high number of deaths due to disruption to emergency services and power outages in places of high importance.