A powerful solar storm is expected tomorrow, July 23, when a coronal mass ejection (CME) will hit Earth and its magnetic field. This can cause the radio to cut out and GPS to be disabled. </p><div id="entryArticle"> <!-- elements start -->
This week has been filled with solar storms as coronal mass ejections (CME) and solar winds from the sun hit Earth frequently. But these storms did not cause much damage as they were relatively minor and remained in the G1 category. However, reports have confirmed that the Earth will be hit by a full CME halo, which is an indication of a large amount of solar particles heading towards Earth. The CME is expected to hit Earth tomorrow, July 23, and the resulting solar storm will follow after that. Given the size of the CME, the solar storm could reach a category G3, with radio outages and GPS disruptions expected to affect Earth days side. Read on to find out what damage it can cause.
It was first reported by SpaceWeather.com that “Solar storms are possible on July 23 when the full coronal CME is expected to hit the Earth’s magnetic field. The storm cloud was pushed toward Earth by the eruption of a solar volcano tsunami, as described below. Says NOAA forecasters say G1 to G2 (light to moderate) storms are likely to advance to G3 (strong).
A solar tsunami will cause a powerful solar storm on Earth tomorrow
The CME was caused by the so-called solar tsunami – a massive eruption on the surface of the Sun that released waves of magnetic flux and solar particles directed towards the Earth. It should be noted that Earth has not experienced a G3 solar storm since March, when two different CMEs combined to form a powerful storm whose effects were seen as far as mid-latitudes.
One heliophysicist, who uses the Twitter username Halo CME, posted images of the eruption with the caption, “This was from a Type 2 radio eruption this morning from AR 13060. It’s so pervasive that we need different images (right) To see it. This could just be a shock wave without a flow rope.”
A G3 solar storm can cause minor damage to satellites in higher Earth orbits, disrupt shortwave radio dimming and GPS systems and even cause short fluctuations in sensitive radio equipment. The solar storm is not strong enough to affect mobile phone networks, internet services and energy networks. Aurora fans can also see a bright show of lights tomorrow in the sky even at mid-latitudes.