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Solar storm hitting Earth today - SALZBURG24

Solar storm hitting Earth today – SALZBURG24

As announced by the US space agency NASA and the meteorological agency NOAA, the energy released by the eruption could also have negative consequences. NASA said 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.”

Thus, the launch of German cosmonaut Matthias Maurer to the International Space Station, scheduled for Sunday, 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. In order to be able to see this phenomenon, the weather also has to play along and allow the sky to be seen for at least a while.

What is a solar flare?

Solar flares are sudden bursts of radiation on our central star, which often throw large amounts of high-energy particles into space. meet like solar storm On Earth, this could have serious consequences for satellites, communications systems, and power supplies.

Thursday’s eruption is ranked in the strongest category “X”, but only with the lowest category “1”. According to NASA, an eruption with a force of X2 is twice as powerful as the explosion that occurred now – only than X10, that is, ten times as powerful, but the space agency talks about an “extraordinarily intense” eruption.

(Source: APA / SALZBURG24)

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