Solar Storm to Hit Earth. Will We See the Aurora Borealis?

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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. Fortunately, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is no chance for such a scenario happening.

AN INCREASE in geomagnetic activity has some experts concerned that the solar storm expected to hit Earth tomorrow could wreak havoc - but is it that big a deal?

Meanwhile, scientists believed the Earth's magnetic field forms "equinox cracks" around March 20 and September 23 each year.

Geomagnetic storms are rated on a scale of G1 to G5, with G5 being the most extreme. There may be some very weak power grid fluctuations caused by small surges of geomagnetically induced current - you probably won't even notice them.

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

Those particles can be dragged down into Earth's upper atmosphere, where they interact with neutral particles, making them glow and look like dancing ribbons of light in the sky. The weather in the space is quite cool and there is no imminent threat of any type of geomagnetic storm.

According to Russian scientists claim, as reported by, that March 18 magnetic storm may cause headaches, dizziness and sleep disturbances for some people across the globe.

The event coincides with the formation of "equinox cracks".

But this also causes huge cracks to open up in the magnetic field which stay open for hours.

NOAA supports creating forecasts for weather on our planet.

Massive storms carry billion tons or so of plasma from the sun's coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which take several days to reach Earth.

These are areas of intense magnetic activity, and when the magnetic fields in a sunspot cross each other, it can result in an energy explosion, known as a solar flare, which sends radiation into space.

This forecast G1 storm is likely to be caused by a different phenomenon - a coronal hole. When compared to 1859, yet another similarly intense storm was seen in 2012 which disrupted power grids, however, it was not too unsafe since it flyby near Earth with a margin of nine days.

It will fly by Venus and travel into the corona - the sun's upper atmosphere, with the aim of learning more about the particles that are ejected by the sun.