A terrifying smiley has appeared on the sun today. It unleashes solar winds to Earth that could cause a dangerous solar storm on Earth on October 28.
The sun is smiling at us today, but not the kind that brings you happiness. A smiley face has appeared on the sun and that can have terrifying consequences for us. The build-up of a high magnetic field has created three dark spots on the sun. These three spots have created the shape of a smiley face. But these spots unleash a complex flow of solar wind toward Earth. These solar winds could cause an intense solar storm on Earth on October 28. Know how this can affect the Earth. Read more.
This development was reported by SpaceWeather.com who noted on its website, “There is a smiley face on the sun today. Look. Formed by holes in the sun’s atmosphere, the merry mein spews a complex stream of solar wind toward Earth. First contact, with aurora, could take place on October 28.”
Smiley face on the sun has consequences for the earth
At the moment it is not possible to fully estimate how this solar storm could affect us. In addition, due to the complex nature of solar winds, Earth’s magnetosphere will take a bigger hit, resulting in easier access of solar particles and radiation to enter Earth’s atmosphere. This can also increase the storm’s intensity and cause radio outages and GPS interference that can lead to travel delays.
As the sun moves toward its solar maximum, Earth is most threatened by a G5-class solar storm. Such a solar storm can burn and destroy satellites in Earth’s lower orbital space and massively disrupt and destroy wireless communications such as shortwave radio transmissions, GPS, cellular network and even Internet access. In the worst case, electricity grids can also be damaged by such a solar storm.
How NOAA Tracks These Solar Storms
All this information is collected in real time through some great technology. NOAA tracks solar storms and the behavior of the sun using its DSCOVR satellite that became operational in 2016. The recovered data is then fed through the computers in the Space Weather Prediction Center and the final analysis is prepared. The various measurements are made on the temperature, speed, density, degree of orientation and frequency of the solar particles.