US Space Weather Prediction Center Warns of Strong Geomagnetic Storm, Potential Impact on Power and Communications Systems in Northern Hemisphere

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US Agency Predicts Strong Geomagnetic Storm on Saturday

  • The U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a warning for a strong geomagnetic storm on Saturday
  • The storm could affect power and communications systems in the Northern Hemisphere
  • The warning is valid through late Friday, with minor geomagnetic storms expected through Saturday
  • The most noticeable effect for the general public could be the aurora borealis, or northern lights
  • US Agency Predicts Strong Geomagnetic Storm on Saturday

    The U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a warning for a strong geomagnetic storm on Saturday, which could potentially affect power and communications systems in the Northern Hemisphere. The warning is in effect through late Friday, with minor geomagnetic storms expected through Saturday. The most noticeable effect for the general public could be the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights.

    Impact on Earth’s Magnetic Field

    The agency has observed strong geomagnetic storm conditions and attributes this to a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun, along with several other lesser CMEs headed toward Earth. These powerful eruptions on the sun’s surface can send tons of superheated gas and radiation into space, potentially disrupting communication signals on Earth.

    Precautions and Effects

    The U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center has alerted infrastructure operators, such as power companies, to take precautions to mitigate any possible effects of the geomagnetic storm. While harmful radiation from a solar flare cannot physically affect humans, it can disturb the layer in the atmosphere where GPS and other communication signals travel.

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