Earth's Geomagnetic activity to dazzle up Canada's night sky tomorrow

Northern Lights will be visible in the UK tonight as solar storm batters Earth

A powerful magnetic storm could cause blackouts and damage communications satellites. Fortunately, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is no chance for such a scenario happening.

NOAA reported that it may have known if such as massive geomagnetic solar storm would hit the Earth on March 18 but there is nothing to even worry about.

The arrival of the solar storm coincides with the formation of "equinox cracks" in Earth's magnetic field, which form around the equinoxes on March 20 and September 23 each year. This would merely be classified as a G1 storm, which would be the least intense type of event based on NOAA's geomagnetic storm scale, with G5 storms being the "most extreme" in nature.

If a solar flare is large enough, it is capable of cutting energy supplies if massive currents are created within electricity grids.

These cracks weaken our planet's natural protection against charged particles and could leave commercial flights and GPS systems exposed to the incoming storm.

"This may result in significant geomagnetic activity and visible auroras during local night-time hours should favourable viewing conditions, elevated solar wind speeds and sustained southward Bz conditions eventuate".

In an emailed statement to Newsweek, NOAA Space Weather Forecast Center chief Robert Rutledge told the publication that reports of a "massive" geomagnetic storm affecting our planet on March 18 may have been blown out of proportion. These storms could turn out to be extremely unsafe because they can disrupt telecommunications, navigation, and electrical power around the Earth.

It was one of the largest of this cycle known as the solar minimum, which began in early 2007.

These are the moments when the the Earth and Sun line up so that day and night are of roughly equal duration.

Nasa and the NOAA keep track of solar events using an array of telescopes and probes which help generate geomagnetic weather forecasts. The CME sends a gust of plasma and electromagnetic radiation out into space.

Has Earth experienced magnetic storms and what do they look like?

The red bars, which barely reach the G1 "minor storm" level, was misinterpreted as a major event.

Yes. In 1859, the biggest solar event in the history took place and lasted for two days.

This summer, Nasa is set to launch a spacecraft called Parker Solar Probe, which will travel closer to the sun than any other previous mission.

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