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A ‘cannibal’ solar storm hits Earth

A ‘cannibal’ solar storm hits Earth

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reported that the sun recorded 17 outbursts in the same region, two of which affected our planet last night, April 1, at more than 3 million kilometers per hour. .

According to NOAA Space Weather, this solar storm, also called AR2975, is a Category 3 storm and as catastrophic as it may sound, it can only cause northern lights for several days.

For its part, Live Science explained that cannibal storms occur when “fast-moving solar flares outpace previous flares in the same region of space, pulling charged particles together to form a combined giant wave front that results in a powerful geomagnetic storm.”

In its NASASun account, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration explains that solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation that cannot pass through the Earth’s atmosphere and physically affect humans, however, when severe enough, they can cause problems with GPS. and telecommunications signals.

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