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Threatening geomagnetic storm hitting Earth tomorrow as the sun unleashes multiple CMEs

Tomorrow, October 4, a strong G-2-class geomagnetic storm is expected to hit Earth. Will it have a serious impact?

The sun has been very busy this weekend producing horribly potent CMEs and spitting them out at Earth. As a result, a new G2-class geomagnetic storm is expected to hit Earth tomorrow, Oct. 4, spaceweather.com reported. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters have confirmed that “there is a chance of G2 class geomagnetic storms on Oct. 4, when multiple CMEs could push Earth’s magnetic field aside. Most incoming CMEs were ejected into space by sunspot AR3110, which unleashed a series of strong flares (M5.9, M8.7, X1) over the weekend.

Over the past few years, the increased activity on the sun’s surface is due to the star being well into its active 11-year cycle. During this time, the polar regions on the sun reverse and this results in distortions of the magnetic field. As volatility increases, plasma is sent into space by the sun, known as coronal mass ejection (CME).

Upcoming Geomagnetic Storm

These geomagnetic storms are classified into five classes such as A, B, C, M and X while the first three indicate low intensity, M stands for moderate intensity and the X class is the most powerful of all. The numbers indicate the strength. Therefore, the upcoming geomagnetic storm is classified as being of G-2 class. Geomagnetic storms of this intensity often cause voltage fluctuations in high-altitude power systems and even damage the transformer if they persist for a long time. These geomagnetic storms can even impact the operation of satellites and spacecraft and disrupt high-frequency radio communications.

That was the bad news. Now, for the good part. These geomagnetic storms also allow you to see some fascinating and beautiful auroras in the sky! The spaceweather.com report confirmed that during G2-class storms, auroras can descend to the naked eye in the United States as low as New York and Idaho. When charged particles from the sun hit the Earth’s atmosphere, they excite those electrons going into higher energy pathways and make them light up, creating a mesmerizing scene.

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