Magnetic storm lesser known facts: How is it caused and other FAQs

Magnetic storm lesser known facts: How is it caused and other FAQs

While solar storms have the potential to be risky, they are by and large harmless to the average person. That's wrong, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In fact, NOAA admits that a geomagnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th but this one will not even reach the G1 magnitude, therefore, it can't affect the satellites, the Global Positioning System equipment, or other communication means, as the Russians informed.

"This story is not plausible in any way, shape, or form", Bob Rutledge, head of NOAA's Space Weather Forecast Center, told Newsweek. "Things are all quiet for space weather, and the sun is essentially spotless", said Rutledge. Many news portals started publishing articles on the upcoming massive geomagnetic storm out of misunderstanding, however, the news went viral and it was trending on Google News on Monday's morning.

A minor solar storm is traveling toward Earth and is expected to hit as early as Wednesday.

The largest recorded geomagnetic storm, referred to as the Carrington Event, struck in September 1859. However, according to NOAA, on the 18, people are most likely to experience a G1 which stands for a minor geomagnetic storm.

There will be a minor uptick in geomagnetic activity over the coming days, resulting in a G1 geostorm - an event that happens around 2,000 times every 11 years.

This scale is based in part on an index created from the amount of magnetic deviation a storm might produce on the ground combined with measurements of a variety of currents with fabulous names, including the "auroral electrojets" and the "field-aligned current".

European Union's Joint Research Centre (JRC) said powerful solar storms have the capabilities to negatively impact crucial navigation and control systems across the continent's railway network.

A massive geomagnetic storm as it was misinterpreted would interfere and damage communication satellites as well as cause blackouts due to the damaged power grid and more. The federal government's Ready.gov website offers tips on preparing for a major space weather event.

Information on the internet is, unfortunately, often easy to manipulate, but there is really nothing to worry about when it comes to the geomagnetic storm on March 18. But, last and foremost, make sure to check info from websites that have scientific authority, rather than unauthorized content from YouTube.

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