Threat from space – solar storm could hit Earth

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After a hole was discovered in the sun’s atmosphere, experts predicted a solar storm could disrupt telecommunications networks.

Experts are now warning of a solar storm that could hit Earth! “The Independent” reports that a possible solar storm could be headed for Earth after a hole was discovered in the sun’s atmosphere.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned that a G1-class storm could affect telecommunications networks, satellites, and animal migration.

It said that starting Aug. 3; the relatively small storm could begin to show its effects. Holes in the sun’s atmosphere are more relaxed and less dense, causing solar winds to accelerate, making them more likely to escape into space and affect Earth.

The British online newspaper “The Independent” also writes that the Earth is moving toward solar maximum. This is the time when solar activity is at its most intense. As this activity increases, more negative impacts on the Earth are expected.

Scientists are already warning that more safeguards must be implemented to protect us from damaging solar storms. NOAA’s solar weather scale ranges from G1 to G5.

Extreme G5 storms can cause power outages and temporarily knock out telecommunications and satellite signals. However, this only occurs on about four days throughout an eleven-year solar cycle.

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