So apparently Earth will be hit by two solar storms this week, and that can't be good
What's this now?
Lads, apparently two solar storms are on the way to hitting Earth.
It has been reported that a couple of massive coronal holes opened up on the surface of the sun.
No, we have no idea what that means, but it sounds interesting.
Researchers are claiming that our planet could be hit by one solar storm today, and one on October 7th.
According to the website Space Weather:
“Solar wind outflowing from the smaller hole will arrive first, causing polar geomagnetic unrest but probably not a full-fledged geomagnetic storm."
“Solar wind escaping from the second, larger hole will follow days later bringing a chance of G1-class (minor) storms."
“In both cases, equinox cracks (meaning cracks are opening) in Earth's magnetic field will permit the solar wind to spark Arctic auroras.”
So, what does this actually mean (for us not scientists)?
Apparently, solar storms can affect satellites in orbit, which could lead to a lack of GPS, mobile phone signal and satellite TV.
Also, a surge of particles can lead to high currents in the magnetosphere (big word alert).
This can lead to higher level of electricity in power lines, resulting in electrical transformers and power stations blow outs and a loss of power.
Can't wait x