Solar Storm Incoming And It Could Lead To Satellite Technology Issues

A SOLAR storm is incoming to our planet, and a chance the storm could have enough venom to interfere with satellite-reliant technology.

A SOLAR storm is incoming to our planet, and believe there is a chance the storm, which is travelling at 600 kilometres per second, could have enough venom to potentially interfere with satellite-reliant technology.

Astronomers are forecasting that a “stream of high speed particles” are on their way to Earth. The particles were released by a hole in the Sun’s southern hemisphere and they are travelling at a staggering 600 kilometres per second, or 2.1 million kilometres per hour. The particles are currently voyaging through the solar system and will hit Earth on March 20.

When they do, researchers believe it could cause problems for satellite technology.

It has been categorised as a G1 class storm which can lead to “weak power grid fluctuations” and can have a “minor impact on satellite operations”.

Astronomy site Space Weather said: “NOAA forecasters say that a minor G1-class geomagnetic storm is likely on March 20th when a stream of high-speed solar wind hits Earth’s magnetic field.

“The gaseous material is flowing faster than 600 km/s from a southern hole in the sun’s atmosphere.”

Some experts have warned that a major solar storm is a matter of “when, not if”.

Every so often, the Sun releases a solar flare which in turn blasts energy into space.

Some of these solar flares can hit Earth, and for the most part, are harmless to our planet.

However, the Sun can also release solar flares so powerful that they can cripple Earth’s technology.

Previous studies have revealed that the Sun releases an extreme solar flare every 25 years on average, with the last Earth-hitting one coming in 1989.

This storm saw power outages in Quebec, Canada, as conducting rocks on Earth can carry the excess energy from the magnetic shield and plough it into the national grid.

On top of that, an intense solar storm can down satellite systems, as the bombardment of solar particles can expand Earth’s magnetosphere, making it harder for satellite signals to penetrate.

While it is impossible to predict when and where a huge solar storm might hit, it is inevitable one will hit the planet in the future.

As such, experts have bemoaned the lack of preparation for an extreme space weather event, warning that it could cost trillions and cause widespread panic.

Risk consultancy firm Drayton Tyler said: “A solar superstorm is a ‘when, not if’ event.

“In the worst case, the direct and indirect costs are likely to run into trillions of dollars with a recovery time of years rather than months.

“The probability of an event of that size happening is estimated by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering as one in 10 in any decade.”

Originally published at Express

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