Major solar storms won't hit Earth this week, says NOAA

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Scientists rate geomagnetic storms on a scale between G1 and G5, and G5 is supposed to be the strongest, most extreme storm.

This 'solar storm' is set to hit our planet on March 14, which is Wednesday this week.

If much of the news coverage is to be believed, the coming solar storm is "massive" and could "cause power outages" because of "equinox cracks" that have appeared in Earth's magnetic field, leaving us vulnerable. These included an article that warned about the possibility of people suffering from headaches and dizziness as a result of the event, and another one that claimed telecommunications might be disrupted, and that the storm may be a sign of "cracks" in Earth's magnetic field.

These events may be induced radiation or streams of charged, electrical particles at a speed of over 4 million kph.

Solar flares occur when a build-up of magnetic energy on the sun is suddenly released.

"No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections were observed".

According to Wonderopolis, in February 2011, a CME produced a solar flare that "disrupted radio communications throughout China".

Perhaps you've heard; a solar storm is on the way.

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The charged particles from a solar flare can create "weak power grid fluctuations" and have a "minor impact on satellite operations", the NOAA said.

According to Thought & Co, "some experts have testified before Congress that space weather affects people's ability to make phone calls, use the Internet, transfer or withdraw money, travel by plane, train, or ship, and even use Global Positioning System to navigate in cars".

The Northern Lights is a natural display in the earth's sky, which are predominantly normally seen in high-latitude regions such as around the Arctic and Antarctic.

The largest recorded geomagnetic storm, referred to as the Carrington Event, struck in September 1859.

If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis in the northern USA over the next few days, you'll want to travel out of a city and as far away from lights as possible.

European Union's Joint Research Centre (JRC) said powerful solar storms have the capabilities to negatively impact crucial navigation and control systems across the continent's railway network.

But the cracks could also create wonderful opportunities for stargazers to catch a better view of the Northern lights.

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