A massive coronal mass ejection (CME) was brought to life on the sun on June 1 and may soon reach Earth, NASA says. Discover the destruction this solar storm is capable of.
After a short period of rest, a dangerous solar storm is earthbound again. According to NASA, a coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed leaving the sun on June 1, and it is very likely to hit Earth on June 5 or 6. the months of March and April came into direct view of Earth as a particularly infamous sunspot. The resulting solar storms caused radio jamming in various parts of the Earth and disrupted navigation systems for aircraft and ships. It also affected short-term radio communications. After a quiet May, it seems that solar activity has increased again. Read on to find out how dangerous this particular solar storm can be.
SpaceWeather.com explained the events of June 1, saying: “A small coronal mass ejection (CME) that left the sun on June 1 will come close to Earth on June 5, according to NOAA analysts. It could get close enough for a fleeting blow High-latitude sky watchers should be on the lookout for auroras when the CME arrives this weekend.”
Solar storm hits Earth on June 5
According to NASA classification, this particular solar storm could fall between G1 and G2. The magnitude of solar storm severity is between G1 and G5, with G1 being the weakest and G5 the strongest. According to the classification, it seems that this solar storm will not cause much trouble for us, but it must be remembered that a geomagnetic storm of G2 strength is enough to have a small impact on GPS, navigation systems and ham radios. So, depending on which side of the Earth this solar storm is facing, there may be some inconvenience to these services. In the worst cases, these geomagnetic storms can damage mobile networks, satellites and even power grids.
It should be remembered that the sun is still on its way to solar maximum, which it should reach sometime in 2023. Until then, solar activity will increase. While Earth was lucky enough to see no activity last month, some strong solar storms could be headed toward us soon.
One reason for the less frequent solar storms could also be that Earth is moving toward its aphelion position (the furthest point in its orbit from the sun), which should be in July. However, this does not guarantee that Earth will not defy the wrath of the sun if another sunspot comes into view. NASA has been closely monitoring the situation, along with other agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.