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Earth's Geomagnetic activity to dazzle up Canada's night sky tomorrow

Solar storm GETTYThe solar storm could disrupt satellites and mobile phone signals
Kristine Garrett | 14 March, 2018, 11:08

No, a massive geomagnetic storm will not hit Earth on March 18. A powerful magnetic storm could cause blackouts and damage communications satellites.

These cracks weaken our planet's natural protection against charged particles and could leave commercial flights and GPS systems exposed to the incoming storm.

If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis in the northern US over the next few days, you'll want to travel out of a city and as far away from lights as possible.

This may include parts of Scotland and northern England, as well as the "northern tier" of the U.S. including parts of MI and Maine.

According to Russian scientists claim, as reported by denofgeek.com, that March 18 magnetic storm may cause headaches, dizziness and sleep disturbances for some people across the globe.

If a solar flare is large enough, it is capable of cutting energy supplies if massive currents are created within electricity grids.

Weather Network says that the effects of the storm will be pretty minimal.

"This may result in significant geomagnetic activity and visible auroras during local night-time hours should favourable viewing conditions, elevated solar wind speeds and sustained southward Bz conditions eventuate". This basically means there could be some slight glitches to satellite communications and power grid controllers.

Nasa said the first of the two flares - classified in the potent X class and facing directly at the Earth - was the biggest this year.

Solar storm
GETTYSolar geometric winds are usually the result of a coronal mass ejection from the sun

Geomagnetic storms are rated on a scale of G1 to G5, with the latter being the most extreme.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) refuted reports that a substantial storm will disrupt telecommunication systems over the weekend.

The event coincides with the formation of "equinox cracks".

These are the moments when the the Earth and Sun line up so that day and night are of roughly equal duration. These are cooler, less dense regions of plasma and open magnetic fields.

NOAA supports creating forecasts for weather on our planet.

Researchers also study the sun to learn more about its structure as well as obtain data to make predictions about different types of solar flares.

"No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections were observed".

While solar storms have the potential to be risky, they are by and large harmless to the average person.

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