Solar eruptions and geomagnetic storms hit the Earth on February 9th and 10th

Roxana Anton

According to the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences (CESS), a solar explosion was observed on the Sun, on February 6th.

"Earth is set to be hit by a fresh solar eruption on Wednesday and Thursday, that could trigger a geomagnetic storm", researchers have said.

The CESS further informed that the Earth will be impacted by a moderate geomagnetic storm in the range of 451-615 kilometers per second.

You can follow CESS on Twitter if you want to learn more.

"The solar storm could also touch off geomagnetic activity that could make the Northern Lights visible."

It has been reported that SpaceX lost most of its satellites a day after launch on the Earth's orbit, because of the geomagnetic storm caused by the sun's eruptions.

Elon Musk's company satellites were launched last week to join its Starlink satellite internet project. "The project has the ambitious aim to provide high-speed internet using thousands of orbiting satellites".

Below, you can find a good definition of a geomagnetic storm, and what to expect from it.

" According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), a geomagnetic storm is a major disturbance in Earth’s magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding the planet.
These storms - triggered by powerful blasts of radiation called solar flare - can disrupt some high-frequency radio broadcasts and low-frequency navigation. They also produce major changes in currents, plasma, and fields in Earth’s magnetosphere."

After all, we do have beautiful weather, better than in the past years anyway, and this could also be caused by the Sun's intense activity from the past months.

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