However, it is the weakest of the five classified by NOAA.
Geomagnetic storms are caused by a coronal hole spewing ‘gaseous matter’ in the southwest region of the Sun’s face.
Mike Cook, who works in Space Weather Operations, said the hole increased the speed of the solar wind.
Cook also said that this was expected to lead to a G1 situation, but we ‘have to see if it becomes true in the next 24 to 48 hours’.
NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center classifies geometric storms into five stages.
This may confuse migratory animals that use Earth’s magnetic field as a navigational tool.
This is because geomagnetic storms trigger electric currents in the magnetosphere and ionosphere as the region formed by Earth’s magnetic field is compressed and disturbed.
There is also a C9.3 flare emanating from the sun on Sunday. A small range beacon that has little real consequence on Earth, but is very interesting to watch.
Although it didn’t erupt toward the Sun facing Earth, it exploded enough to be captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory—a craft that has been examining our massive star since its launch in 2010.
If you travel at about 550 mph it takes 169,090 hours to reach the Sun.
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‘Yesterday’s C9.3 flare came from a region that isn’t even technically in the disk in front of Earth yet, it’s just around NE [timur laut] Extremes,’ Cook told Dailymail.com.
‘And the solar flare itself does not cause a geomagnetic storm, only when the CME (coronal mass ejection) is associated with the flare and directed toward Earth.
The snake-like filament is the CME, a giant ejection of plasma and magnetic fields from the Sun’s corona – the outermost layer of a star’s atmosphere.
Earth experienced a solar storm on July 19 that brought a surprising aurora across North America and Canada.
The storm made headlines over the weekend when Dr Tamitha Skov announced she had seen ‘snake-like filaments’ on the Sun’s surface on Friday – and that it was heading towards Earth’s attack zone.
As the storm approached Friday morning, the aurora was seen filling up with stunning shades of lightning purple and green.
Earlier on 19 July, Cook said, “There have been several CME explosions [coronal mass ejections] last few days (solar storm) but there is also a coronal hole (black hole-like structure) which is the central disk. We will see its effect in the next two-three days.”
And of course, the Cosmic Show isn’t over yet.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) indicates that the G1-class will impact our planet on Thursday and late Friday.