A Major Solar Storm is Coming. Here’s What We Know.

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As beautiful as the Northern and Southern lights are, they also come with a warning. But what does that mean?

Last night gave many people their first glimpse of the Northern and Southern lights, and we are hoping for a second chance tonight. They say that chance is high!

The phenomenon is the result of one of the strongest geomagnetic storms in the past 20 years!

What happens is the charged light particles from the Sun collide with Earth’s atmospheric gases, resulting in energized atoms and molecules. This creates the gorgeous colored light!

People all over the US, UK, and more were able to have their very first view of the Northern and Southern lights because of how strong the storm is.

The geomagnetic storm has become so strong that the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a warning.

Image credit: NOAA

The scale for rating these storms is G1 through G5, with G5 being the highest. We are now at a G5 warning.

This could impact both space satellite operations as well as power systems here on Earth!

Widespread voltage control problems and protective system problems can occur, some grid systems may experience complete collapse or blackouts. Transformers may experience damage


Thankfully, the Northern and Southern Lights can not harm us humans, but it may impact our power… eek…

21 years ago there was a G5 geomagnetic storm and it damaged transformers in South Africa. This created power outages across Sweden.

Hopefully, we won’t have any of those issues, it’s too hot to not have AC right now!

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