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A solar storm could be headed for Earth today: What you need to know

Earth could be in store for a solar storm today, reports seem to indicate. According to Earth.com, radio blackouts were detected yesterday after a solar storm hit the Earth; another could be following it up today. This second solar storm is not expected to strike Earth directly. It is traveling in a sideways pattern away from the Sun.

But that doesn’t mean we won’t get anything from it. According to tweets from Dr. Tamitha Skov, two solar storms launched near Region 3555 on January 20. The first hit us head-on on January 22, but the second could give us a glancing blow. Skov also says an unstable filament could cause more solar storms to hit us.

It’s still unclear if the second wave of energy from the sun will hit Earth today, but if it does, it is likely to cause some radio blackouts somewhere across the planet. During these blackouts, signals between the 3 to 30 MHz band are usually the most susceptible, and we have seen issues with GPS and other signals in the past, too.

We have one, if not two #solarstorms headed for Earth today! The first launched near Region 3555. It is expected to hit early to midday January 22. The second is a side-swiping storm launched near 3559. It may give us a glancing blow January 23. Also, an unstable filament is in… pic.twitter.com/Iwe744c5xe

— Dr. Tamitha Skov (@TamithaSkov) January 21, 2024

Solar storms hitting Earth can also bring about various phenomena like northern lights, or aurora borealis, which happen when the energy from the solar storm interacts with certain parts of Earth’s atmosphere.

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Solar flares like the ones that caused yesterday’s solar storm and today’s possible storm are only going to get more frequent, too, as scientists believe we are heading towards our solar maximum, when the sun is at its most volatile. During this time, more sunspots appear, and the surface of the sun becomes more unstable, releasing more flares and other pulses of energy.

These most recent events are expected to create auroras across multiple states, including South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, New York, Michigan, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Wyoming.

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