Solar storm 2012 is hitting the world. It is strongest solar flare to hit earth with radioactive particles with a speed of 5 million miles per hour
Solar flare is threatening some areas where experts believe it may affect some communications. But if you thought that the end of the world was nearing, you are certainly off the mark. The power of these flares or sun storms is not powerful enough that may affect the human lives on earth.
But it will be wrong to say that these flares and storm that are hitting the earth right now are harmless. Such geomagnetic storms contain radioactive particles that may certainly hamper communications and may snap links with satellites in space.
Radioactive particles are certainly harmful for human survival. Sun with large prominence solar flares produce high energy particles and radiation that are dangerous to living organisms. However, at the surface of the Earth we are well protected from the effects of solar flares and other solar activity by the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere. The most dangerous emissions from flares are energetic charged particles (primarily high-energy protons) and electromagnetic radiation (primarily x-rays).
A report while detailing the impact of such storms and flares says, â€œThe x-rays from flares are stopped by our atmosphere well above the Earth’s surface. They do disturb the Earth’s ionosphere, however, which in turn disturbs some radio communications. Along with energetic ultraviolet radiation, they heat the Earthâ€™s outer atmosphere, causing it to expand. This increases the drag on Earth-orbiting satellites, reducing their lifetime in orbit. Also, both intense radio emission from flares and these changes in the atmosphere can degrade the precision of Global Positioning System (GPS) measurementsâ€.
A scientist while talking about the solar flare says, â€œWhen it hits us, itâ€™s like a big battering ram that pushes into Earthâ€™s magnetic fieldâ€¦That energy causes Earthâ€™s magnetic field to fluctuate.â€
Another scientist says, â€œThe whole volume of space between here and Jupiter is just filled with protons and you just don’t get rid of them like that.â€ He goes on to add that the effects will stick around for a couple days.
Reports suggest that solar flare or coronal mass ejection was thrown at Earth as fast and furious speed of approximately 5 million miles an hour. The energetic particles produced at the Sun in flares seldom reach the Earth. When they do, the Earth’s magnetic field prevents almost all of them from reaching the Earth’s surface. The small number of very high energy particles that does reach the surface does not significantly increase the level of radiation that we experience every day. But given the fact that this time, the particles of flare are travelling five times faster than their normal speed, the affect may be more fatal than anyone can anticipate.