A big flash in the sun’s surface, agitated by the storm season, sent waves of plasma and charged particles
WASHINGTON, March 5. – A powerful flash in the sun’s surface, stirred by periodic storm season, sent waves of plasma and charged particles reach Earth, said the Space Climate Prediction Center (SWPC, for its acronym in English).
It is expected that the shock wave plasma and solar particles reach the Earth in two or three days and possibly increase the Northern Lights.
Solar flares affect the Earth’s magnetic field and whose waves have forced move some commercial aircraft flying over the poles whose path will continue to intensify, experts say.
The sun goes through regular cycles of activity and every 11 years or so the activity intensifies and storms occur sometimes deform and even cross the Earth’s magnetic field.
Experts have noted that the current storm season is the strongest recorded since September 2005 and, that causes unique visual effects like the aurora borealis, also it affects aircraft.communications and other.
This also implies the electricity transmission networks, radio communications and satellite systems, although NASA has said that the astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are not compromised.
In January, scientists detected two flashes in the course of four days followed by shock waves of billions of tons of plasma traveling at about 8 million miles per hour.
Wave caused by the second of the two flashes reached Earth about 34 hours after the flash, instead of two or more days that usually takes for this displacement.
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