Thursday, September 16

How is the geomagnetic storm that will hit the Earth? | Digital Trends Spanish

The US National Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a geomagnetic storm watch for Earth.

According to the specialized agency, the first part of this G1 level solar wind front has already reached our planet. However, conditions could worsen this Thursday, September 2, until reaching the G2 level.

The SWPC has also explained that there is nothing to worry about, in fact, a more disturbing scenario could be marked by level G5, which has the power to interfere with power stations on the ground, affect spacecraft in orbit or the International Space Station.


A geomagnetic storm of level 2 or G2 is considered moderate. One of its effects could be related to the generation of visible auroras further south than where they are common.

It could also cause radio interference in some latitudes and slightly alter the trajectories and angles of some satellites.

In the case of the Earth’s surface, it is possible that the storm could damage electrical transformers at certain latitudes if it lasts for a long time.

The most important geomagnetic storm became known as the Carrington Event and occurred on September 2, 1859.

The reports of the time indicate that that day there was a complete interruption of the telegraph services and the auroras that could be observed from different latitudes.

It is estimated that that same storm today could cause billions of dollars in damage to various technological devices in countries like the United States.

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