Tue Jul 9, 2019, 09:27 PM

G1 Solar Storm July 9/10

"Cosmic forecasting website Space Weather said: “A stream of solar wind is expected to reach Earth on July 9-10, bringing with it a slight chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms.

“High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras, especially in the southern hemisphere where winter darkness favours visibility.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has classified the impending solar storm as a G-1 or ‘minor’.

However, the consequences could be far more serious than the appearance of the Northern or Southern Lights.

For the most part, the Earth’s magnetic field protects humans from the barrage of radiation, but solar storms can affect satellite-based technology.

Solar winds can heat the Earth’s outer atmosphere, causing it to expand.

This can affect satellites in orbit, potentially leading to a lack of GPS navigation, mobile phone signal and satellite TV such as Sky."

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