The Geomagnetic Storm On March 18 To Miss Earth

Solar flare

Has Earth experienced magnetic storms and what do they look like?

In fact, NOAA admits that a geomagnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th but this one will not even reach the G1 magnitude, therefore, it can't affect the satellites, the Global Positioning System equipment, or other communication means, as the Russians informed. The most extreme storms can impact satellites and disrupt power grids on Earth.

In an emailed statement to Newsweek, NOAA Space Weather Forecast Center chief Robert Rutledge told the publication that reports of a "massive" geomagnetic storm affecting our planet on March 18 may have been blown out of proportion.

One major solar storm, now called the Carrington Event, struck the planet in 1859 and reportedly knocked out telegraph systems all around the world. "Things are all quiet for space weather, and the sun is essentially spotless".

A chart posted on Russia's Lebedev Institute website shows a slight uptick in geomagnetic activity on the 18th (and again on the 22nd and 26th).

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According to The Sun, this latest magnetic storm is being described as "minor" by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the NOAA has issued a storm warning via Twitter saying that the storm will be in effect today and tomorrow.

For any of this to make sense, you should probably understand what a geomagnetic storm is.

The scientists created this scale based in part on an index generated from the amount of magnetic deviation which is produced through a storm in combination with measurements of different currents including "auroral electrojets" and the "field-aligned current". A powerful magnetic storm could cause blackouts and damage communications satellites.

"Closer to Earth's surface, solar activity can cause disruptions of radio signals (particularly HF), provide a small dose of radiation to passengers on high-latitude flights, and provoke auroras (northern and southern lights)". The federal government's Ready.gov website offers tips on preparing for a major space weather event. A similar geomagnetic storm happened in 1989 which caused a 9-hour blackout in Canada.

Information on the internet is, unfortunately, often easy to manipulate, but there is really nothing to worry about when it comes to the geomagnetic storm on March 18.

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