Solar storm July 2012 is set to hit the Earth and northern lights are sure to illuminate the sky(watch the video). But thankfully solar storm is not dangerous and will not affect either electricity supplies or airlines this time
A huge solar storm is heading towards earth. This year Sun seems to be far more active than many previous years and will continue to unleash powerful solar storms and flares not just this year but next year as well.
Sun flares, bigger than even the earth, are being created in the solar surface and the trend that began before the beginning of the year, will continue in the months to come. Though most of these solar flares and storms go without making any trouble for us on the Earth, but some solar storms even affect electricity supply, flight schedules, thus affecting the human movement in some ways. But thankfully thus far, the life hasn’t been affected adversely.
On the other hand, the northern lights created by these storms produce great views that many people love to watch in the dead of the night. For sky-watchers these are memorable occasions and this time too people are hoping that northern lights will illuminate the sky in many parts of North America.
NASA has made extensive preparations to cover the solar eruption. A NASA report says, “It erupted from Active Region 1520, which rotated into view on July 6”. Another NASA report while talking about the intensity of this solar flare says that the latest solar storm was found to be an X1.4-class solar flare.
A few weeks ago too, the observatory had recorded a powerful flare raising a perfect solar storm at 12:18 a.m. EDT (0418 GMT) that was registered as a class M5.7 eruption. M-class solar flares are regarded as medium-strength sun storms that have the ability to hurl blasts of radiation and magnetic solar plasma to earth. The activity is limited to eruptions so far and the enormous sunspot has not yet thrown coronal mass ejections earth’s way, that can wreak havoc with earth’s magnetic field and electricity grid. Scientist rate solar flares as X-class being the strongest. These can interfere with satellites and infrastructure on Earth when we come in its range.