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Astronauts and passengers on planes are alerted of a solar storm.

Astronauts and passengers on planes are alerted of a solar storm.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States has issued a warning about the prospect of a solar storm reaching Earth later this week posing a risk to humans. But not to most of the planet’s residents, according to the Space Weather Forecasting Center (SPWC).

At higher latitudes, closer to the poles, the SWPC warning is applicable for astronauts orbiting Earth, such as the International Space Station (ISS), as well as passengers and crew on commercial flights. Many flights, notably those connecting North America, Europe, and Asia in the Northern Hemisphere, follow paths near to the poles. The NOAA notice goes on to describe the danger to satellites orbiting the globe.

An increase in the energetic part of the solar radiation spectrum may suggest an elevated biological risk. This is for astronauts or passengers and crew in high-latitude and high-altitude flights, according to the statement. Furthermore, energetic particles may represent a greater danger to all satellite systems that are vulnerable to single-event impacts.

Cause of The Solar Storm

The coronal mass ejection (EMC) that will impact Earth later this week will be the cause of Thursday’s X1 explosion in the Sun. This should reach Earth’s magnetic field today. Following an X-type explosion at sunspot AR 2887, which was oriented directly towards Earth at the moment of ejection release. EMC released into space yesterday with an intense solar flare. As a result, there’s a good chance of a big solar storm this weekend.

Finally, Type X eruptions, such as those seen on the farm and those classified as X 1. They are the most powerful and last the longest, and if severe, can have serious consequences for terrestrial life.

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