A strong solar flare may lead to the northern lights in the coming days. As announced by the US space agency (NASA) and the meteorological agency NOAA, the energy released by the eruption of the volcano on Thursday could also have negative consequences. The radiation cannot harm humans, but “if it is intense enough, it can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communication signals are transmitted,” NASA said.
The launch of German astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA), Matthias Maurer, to the International Space Station (ISS), scheduled for tomorrow, is not in danger. Also in Central Europe and America, the aurora borealis can be seen unusually, because high-energy particles can make certain atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere glow. To be able to see this phenomenon, the weather also has to play along and at least allow for an occasional view of the sky.
Solar flares are sudden bursts of radiation on our central star, which often throw large amounts of high-energy particles into space. If such a solar storm hits Earth, it could have severe consequences for satellites, communications systems, and power supplies.
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