A solar storm is hitting Earth, and experts warn that in some cases it could affect power and even make it difficult for satellites to operate.
Space meteorologists have revealed that Earth is currently in the middle of a solar storm.
Solar storms can be detrimental to satellite-based technology, as they can heat Earth's outer atmosphere, causing it to expand and making it difficult for satellite signals to reach Earth.
This can affect satellites in orbit, which can lead to a lack of GPS navigation, cell phone signal, and satellite television such as Sky.
Furthermore, a surge of particles can lead to high currents in the magnetosphere, which can lead to higher than normal electricity in power lines, resulting in the explosion of electrical transformers and power plants and in a loss of energy.
Earth is currently being crushed by a constant stream of solar particles, which has been exacerbated by a small crack in the magnetosphere, which has allowed solar particles to "pour out" on Tuesday.
Cosmic prediction site Space Weather has classified the storm as G-1, which can lead to "weak power grid fluctuations" and may have "a minor impact on satellite operations."
The website stated: “A G1-class geomagnetic storm will be underway on February 19 when Earth enters a minor stream of solar wind. Even before the solar wind hit, Earth's magnetic field hummed with energy due to a rift that opened for more than 8 hours on Tuesday.
The solar wind came in, setting the stage for today's storm Thursday
From 6 a. m. Greenwich time (1 a. Colombia) this Thursday, the Earth will receive in an unusual way the inclement force of the Sun. During its movement through space, the planet will be located in the middle of a jet of energetic particles emitted by the great star , what is popularly known as a storm or solar flare.
Although this storm is expected to have little effect on Earth, scientists have warned that a large, high-tech solar storm could occur on average every 25 years.
Research from the University of Warwick and the British Antarctic Survey looked at the last 14 solar cycles, dating back 150 years.
The analysis showed that "severe" magnetic storms occurred in 42 of the last 150 years, and "large" super storms occurred in 6 years of the 150.
The researchers said that if it had hit Earth, it could have brought down our planet's technology.
Lead author Professor Sandra Chapman, Center for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics at the University of Warwick, said: 'These super storms are rare events, but estimating their likelihood of occurrence is an important part of mitigation level planning. necessary to protect critical national infrastructure.
"This research proposes a new method to address historical data, to provide a better picture of the potential for superstorms and what superstorm activity we are likely to see in the future."
The biggest state-of-the-art solar storm came in 1859, when a surge of electricity during what is now known as the Carrington Event, which was so strong that telegraph systems collapsed across Europe.
There are also reports that some buildings caught fire as a result of increased electricity.