Waste from the explosion formed the core of a coronal mass emission (CME), a large expulsion of plasma and magnetic field from the Sun’s corona, which was captured by NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) in a stunning image. Now, experts saw that CME snatched by NASA, and SOHO could give a “glance” to Earth’s magnetic field on November 28th.
According to the US Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), CMEs can reach the planet at speeds between 250 km per second and 3,000 km per second.
CMEs can also push geomagnetic storms directly into contact with the Earth.
Astronomers at SpaceWeather.com explained: “A geomagnetic storm is a major disturbance of the Earth’s magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind to the space environment around the Earth.
“These storms are due to variations in the solar wind that produce large changes in currents, plasmas and fields in the Earth’s magnetosphere.
And this is not the first time that the Sun’s wild activities have been snatched by the space agency.
Earlier this month, NASA images taken by the space agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) revealed a large “coronal hole” in the Sun’s outer atmosphere that released “gaseous material” that escaped that hole.
Back then, there was a fear that solar winds, which are currents of plasma flowing from the Sun’s corona into space, would hit the Earth.
But this time, there are fears that a CME will push a geomagnetic storm toward our planet.
Geomagnetic storms, if they collide with the Earth’s atmosphere, can cause chaos beneath.
Ranged from G1 Minor to G5 Extreme, even the lowest intensity storm can cause chaos if it comes in contact with a satellite.
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And on the brighter side, lower intensity geomagnetic storms can also be accompanied by extraordinary northern lights.
This includes the famous Northern Lights, also known as the Northern Lights, which can sometimes even be seen from the UK during a solar storm.
Earlier this month, a G3-level geomagnetic storm brought stunning views of a northern light into the sky around the world.