Space science experts have predicted that a massive Solar storm is heading to Earth. The Sun’s explosion erupted 2,00,000 km long filament.
The sun seems to be in a pretty active mood as it has been throwing solar explosions and solar storms to earth. And the latest is a 200000 Km long solar filament erupted on the solar surface leaving scientists and researchers worried about a possible solar storm directed at Earth. As shared by spaceweather.com, the giant filament of magnetism erupted from the southern hemisphere of the Sun, appearing like a rubber band. The portal that keeps a track of all the activities going on in our solar system shares, “A magnetic filament in the sun’s southern hemisphere erupted on Oct. 4th, hurling part of itself into space. ”
Spaceweather experts have predicted that the debris from the explosion could hit Earth.The SOHO observatories also suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) emerging from the blast site and may graze Earth’s magnetic field on October 8th. It also reads, “high-latitude sky watchers should be alert for minor geomagnetic storms and auroras on that date.”
Just a couple of days back, the USA suffered heavy radio blackouts due to an X-1 class solar flare eruptions. It also resulted in radio and GPS blackouts. Meanwhile, a giant sunspot AR3112, has been pretty unstable and may explode. As per the reports, it could trigger an M-class flare or a X-flares erupting from the region. It could affect radio communications, electric power grids, and navigation signals, as well as spacecraft and astronauts.
What is a Sunspot?
According to NASA, Sunspots are dark areas on the solar surface which contain strong magnetic fields that are constantly shifting and can form and dissipate over periods of days or weeks. They occur when strong magnetic fields emerge through the solar surface and allow the area to cool slightly. This area appears as a dark spot in contrast with the very bright photosphere of the sun.
Sunspots are often considered the precursor to solar flares which occur due to Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) on the surface of the Sun.