Horrible material pouring out of a double hole on the sun will cause a major solar storm on October 1, 2022. Could this cause radio interference on Earth?
After nearly a week of peace, the sun has shot down a powerful burst of solar material. These horrific gaseous materials have escaped from a double equatorial hole on the sun’s surface and are headed straight for Earth. According to NOAA projections, a solar storm could hit Earth on October 1, and it could be more powerful than the storms we’ve seen recently. The NOAA space weather forecasting system uses technology onboard the DSCOVR satellite that senses the sun and other regional activity in space that could adversely affect Earth. The fanciest technology aboard the satellite is the infrared spectroscope, which not only takes visual images of the events, but also measures the magnetic charge, speed, intensity and radiation levels of such solar particles. So, will this incoming solar storm prove deadly to us? Read on to find out.
The development was: reported by SpaceWeather.com who noted on its website: “A solar wind current is approaching Earth and it could create a G2 class (formerly G1) geomagnetic storm when it arrives on October 1. The gaseous material flows from a double equatorial hole in the atmosphere from the sun. Skywatchers at high latitudes should be on the lookout for auroras on those dates.”
While this is an evolving situation, there are concerns about whether it will cause shortwave radio outages and disrupt GPS systems and HAM radio operations that a G2 class solar storm is capable of. Earlier this month, a weaker solar storm caused radio jamming in regions of Africa and the Middle East.
Dangerous solar storm hits Earth on October 1
A solar storm with an intensity of G2 class is considered moderate, but there are external factors that can make it more dangerous. For example, fast-moving solar winds moving between the sun and Earth can trap and accelerate the gaseous material, giving it speed and a higher charge. Furthermore, a CIR (co-rotating interaction region) creation on Earth’s magnetosphere can allow the solar particles to move freely in the atmosphere. These effects cannot be predicted so early. But if any of these conditions were to interfere with this solar storm, it could disrupt internet connectivity, cellular networks and navigation systems. A power outage, while unlikely, is also not impossible under these circumstances.