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Massive Solar storm may hit Earth today, at 1.6 million kmph speed likely to impact GPS, cellphones

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Washington, D.C. A high speed fierce solar storm, moving towards the Earth at a speed of 1.6 million kilometers per hour, is likely to hit the Earth on Monday, which may cause a power failure around the world, as per the experts and weather forecasters.

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According to a report, this storm has originated from the Sun’s atmosphere as hole has opened up in the Sun’s atmosphere and is spewing a stream of solar wind that are travelling at a speed of a million miles an hour in Earth’s direction. This collision may interrupt satellite signals and can also have a direct effect on radio signals, communication and weather. Not only this, the storm can have a significant impact on a region of space dominated by Earth’s magnetic field.

As per the US space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the speed of the solar storm could increase from 1.6 million kilometres per hour.

Meanwhile, experts fear that the strong winds may trigger a geomagnetic storm in Earth’s magnetosphere which includes the upper reaches of Earth in space and this may cause the emergence of visually pleasing auroras in north and south latitudinous regions.

What is Geomagnetic storms

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Geomagnetic storms basically refer to major or minor disturbances occurring in Earth’s magnetosphere due to the efficient exchange of energy from solar winds entering Earth’s space environment.

According to estimates by the NASA, solar winds are known to blow at a speed of one million miles per hour. Currently, the winds are travelling at a speed of 1.6 million kilometres per hour towards the Earth. The speed can be expected to increase.

Notably, the National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Center had previously predicted in June about a G-1 class geomagnetic storm that had formed as a result of swift solar winds.

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