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Solar storm to come, it is an astronomical event which can have serious repercussions on our planet: here is what.

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There are many phenomena in the cosmos that few of us may be aware of, which are extremely fascinating, but which can also have special repercussions and consequences for the life of our planet. An example is solar storms.

Solar activity can sometimes emit matter from its corona and thus generate a strong solar wind. The particles move at very high speed and then impact the Earth’s magnetic field 24 to 36 hours later. All of this can affect the electrical currents present in the ionosphere.

All of this, of course, when the direction of matter particles is right towards planet Earth. But what happens when this is actually the case? A new solar storm was reported on Twitter by space weather expert Tamitha Skov, quickly followed by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. At present, monitoring for solar flares is underway, which would have an irradiation of the highest category.

Solar storm, possible general blackout among the effects: the consequences on infrastructures

The effects of solar storms can directly impact some infrastructure on the planet. The impact on the electromagnetic field of the earth, in fact, directly involves the telecommunication systems, which use the electric currents of the ionosphere of which we spoke earlier.

telecommunications satellite (Pixabay photo)

In particular, there may be power cuts in the electrical networks and satellite radio communications. In particular, radar and GPS systems may be affected.

All this can also affect the management of railway lines, given the problems that can arise in signaling systems. The latter are not unlikely to go haywire.

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To then understand in which zone of the planet this type of effect will be felt, which does not concern the entire terrestrial sphere. A very famous solar storm hit Quebec, Canada in 1989, generating an aurora borealis visible as far as Texas, the southern state of the United States.

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