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Solar Storm Reached Earth

Orbital satellites registered the first signs that the plasma cloud ejected by the sun on Monday reached Earth overnight, TASS reported.
Our planet will spend about a day in plasma, specified on the website of the Sun's X-ray astronomy laboratory of the Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

"Earth's magnetic field will be in a disrupted state for about a day, including possible weak and moderate magnetic storms. The auroral zone (the polar aurora zone) is shifted towards the western hemisphere and will cover almost the entire northern part of Canada. On the territory of Russia, polar auroras, judging by the real situation, it will be possible to observe only in the northernmost geographical regions,” the lab's announcement said.

The solar plasma cloud reached Earth around 3 pm Bulgarian time.

Radiation load on spacecraft remains elevated but moderate, which does not pose much threat to their normal operation and existence. At the same time, the Earth and its orbital group will have to withstand dozens of times stronger impacts over the next five years, after the Sun came out of “hibernation” and a new active period began. Indicator for this are three powerful eruptions on its surface in six months.

This geomagnetic storm was caused by a relatively weak C7.4 eruption of the Sun on Monday, registered by instruments of the SOHO Orbital Observatory. On Monday, this zone was headed exactly towards our planet, which is why the effect of coronal mass ejection will be as strong as possible.

Scientists expect that the Earth's passage through the sun's ejected plasma cloud will not only lead to interruptions in the operation of communication systems, but will also significantly increase the polar aurora. It will become visible in the coming days to residents of those regions of the Earth that are located at 60-70 degrees north and south latitudes.


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