A solar storm will hit Earth on Wednesday

A solar storm is predicted to hit Earth on WEDNESDAY as a “hole” in the sun amplifies solar winds that could weaken power grids and bring stunning auroras to northern regions.

  • A coronal hole on the surface of the Sun amplifies solar winds heading towards Earth
  • This triggered a warning of a minor G1-class geomagnetic storm that will hit Earth on Wednesday.
  • This is the lowest storm on a five-point scale, and it can only dampen power grid fluctuations or slightly affect satellites.

The Earth is under a solar storm warning for August 3 as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces the possibility that a small G1 class geomagnetic storm could hit our planet.

Storm G-1 could dampen power grid fluctuations, impact satellites, and potentially trigger auroras in regions around the north pole – in which case, electric colors would be visible in the sky above Canada as well as Alaska. However, it is the weakest of the five classified by NOAA.

A geomagnetic storm is caused by a coronal hole in the southwestern part of the solar surface, spewing “gaseous material”.

Mike Cook, who works in the field of space weather, told DailyMail.com that the hole increased the speed of the solar wind, throwing out solar wind in a stream. He also notes that this is predicted to trigger a G-1 condition, but we will have to “make sure it happens in the next 24 to 48 hours.”

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The geomagnetic storm is caused by a coronal hole (pictured) in the southwestern part of the solar surface, spewing “gaseous material”.

The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center categorizes geometric storms into five stages, with one being the weakest and five being the strongest.

And the one installed this week will have very little impact on satellites and technology on Earth. However, this can be confusing for migratory animals that use the Earth’s magnetic field as a navigational tool.

This is because geomagnetic storms induce electrical currents in the magnetosphere and ionosphere as the region shaped by the Earth’s magnetic field is compressed and disrupted.

There was also a C9.3 flare on Sunday, flying out from under the Sun. C-class flares are small, with little noticeable impact on Earth, but interesting to watch.

There was also a C9.3 flare on Sunday, flying out from under the Sun.  C-class flares are small, with little noticeable impact on Earth, but interesting to watch.  The flash looks like a broken circle erupting from the sun.

There was also a C9.3 flare on Sunday, flying out from under the Sun. C-class flares are small, with little noticeable impact on Earth, but interesting to watch. The flash looks like a broken circle erupting from the sun.

This eruption, however, did not occur on the Earth-facing side of the Sun, but exploded enough to be recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a spacecraft that has been exploring our massive star since its launch in 2010.

The outbreak was recorded late in the evening on July 31.  This graph shows that at that time the flash was recorded by satellites.

The outbreak was recorded late in the evening on July 31. This graph shows that at that time the flash was recorded by satellites.

It takes 169,090 hours to get to the sun if you’re traveling at roughly 550 miles per hour.

“Yesterday’s C9.3 flare was from an area that technically isn’t even on the Earth-facing disk yet, but just around the northeast. [north eastern] limb,” Cook told Dailymail.com.

“And solar flares by themselves do not cause a geomagnetic storm, only if the CME (coronal mass ejection) is associated with the flare AND is directed towards the Earth.

The serpentine filament is CMEs, which are large ejections of plasma and magnetic field from the solar corona, the outermost layer of a star’s atmosphere.

On July 19, Earth experienced a solar storm that brought stunning auroras to the northern United States and Canada.  Pictured is an image of the auroras over Seattle, Washington.

On July 19, Earth experienced a solar storm that brought stunning auroras to the northern United States and Canada. Pictured is an image of the auroras over Seattle, Washington.

On July 19, Earth experienced a solar storm that brought stunning auroras to the northern United States and Canada.

The storm made headlines over the weekend when Dr. Tamita Skov announced that she had spotted a “serpentine filament” on the surface of the Sun on Friday moving towards the impact zone with Earth.

The auroras were spotted earlier Friday morning just as the storm hit, filling the northern sky with stunning electric hues of purples and greens.

Cook DailyMail.com July 19: “There were several CMEs [coronal mass ejections] eruptions in the last few days (solar storms), but there is also a Coronal Hole (black hole-like structure) that is the center of the disk.”

“We should see the consequences of this in the next 2-3 days.”

And it’s true, the space show isn’t over yet – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reveals that the G1-class is expected to impact our planet as early as Thursday and late Friday.