A fast-moving solar storm
has been making some noise since various news sites, and even space agencies claim that it could hit Earth
last July 13. However, it seems like the space activity is not true since it did not take place.
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1974: A solar flare on the surface of the sun, caused by the sudden release of energy from the magnetic field. Original Artwork: Photograph taken from the Skylab space station.
The theory appeared after various space researchers experienced disruptions in communications, radio communications, and GPS satellites.
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and other big agencies claimed that the said solar storm or solar flare is considered category X1, the largest fastest of its kind.
According to First Post
‘s previous report, the first solar storm took place last July 3. Various space experts claimed that the solar winds might cause a geomagnetic storm in the sun’s magnetosphere.
NASA explained that this space phenomenon happens about eight times within an average of an 11-year solar cycle. This is still a high number if you will consider it. On the other hand, the space agency added that if the X1 solar storm took place, it will only affect the part of the Earth-facing the massive solar flare or the sun.
Fast-Moving Solar Storm Will Not Happen?
WRAL.COM reported that the strongest fast-moving solar storm
was also identified on July 3. NASA said that it is classified as X1.5 type, which is way larger than the largest main category of solar flares. SWPC and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory claimed that it is the largest one ever recorded for the past four years.
(Photo : Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
In this handout photo provided by NASA, a Solar and Heliospheric Observatory image shows Region 486 that unleashed a record flare last week (lower left) November 18, 2003 on the sun. The spot itself cannot yet be seen but large, hot, gas-filled loops above this region are visible. These post-flare loops are still active.
However, experts claimed that the other rumored solar flare will not happen since the Space Weather Prediction Center did not issue any warning or watches ever since July 1. They added that the latest forecast of SWPC for the alleged solar storm only shows a 1% chance.
This also means that solar radiation storms and radio blackouts are unlikely to take place. On the other hand, the so-called Planetary K-index also shows lower levels of solar flare chances.
Aside from this, various recent SWPC forecasts also showed that the Earth’s geomagnetic field is at the “quite to active levels,” as well as super low solar activity levels. This means that the sun’s current status is not enough to trigger space weather storms.
What Will Happen If Fast-Moving Solar Flare Takes Place?
According to Yahoo News
‘ latest report, a category X1 solar flare could breach the Earth’s magnetic field.
This will not be good for the planet since power grids, satellite TVs, mobile phone signals, and GPS navigation will all be affected. It could lead to life-threatening instances, especially for those people who are traveling by airplanes.
As of the moment, NASA, NOAA, and SWPC still haven’t released further proof regarding the alleged fast-moving solar storm.
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Written by: Griffin Davis