Watch out Earth, here comes the Sun, and you are in the way.
This is far from the usual your weather forecast. Big storms are brewing these one originate from the sun. It’s raining radiation. Now, don’t worry too much. We’re safe, protected by the Earths’s coddling magnetic field. But anything mead the outside of that magnetic shielding does have to watch out. Two large solar eruptions erupted over the last few days. Now the combined energy from two recent solar events will arrive at Earth on Saturday, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center, Boulder, to issue a strong geomagnetic storm watch but we still are unsure as what this solar storm will do precisely.
“People on the ground really don’t have to worry,” said Lika Guhathakurta, a program scientist with NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. She said soalr storms don’t affect humans on the ground, although astronauts could be at risk. NASA can take steps to protect the crew members on the International Space Station, and satellite operators can turn off sensitive sensors on satellites to mitigate the risk to your smartphones and wi-fi connection. There may be temporary glitches, though, Guhathakurta says.
And if there is a major issue, scientists are taking precautions to make sure all the important parties are prepared.
On the upside, solar storms also create beautiful aurora. So if you have any family in the northern United States who are outside major metropolitan areas they should be out be watching the skies on Thursday and Friday nights. People here in New Mexico are less likely to get the kind of splendid aurora sights that people in the Northeast and Alaska will see, but it might not hurt for them to take a glance at the sky anyway, just in case.