Northern Lights – level 3

15-05-2024 07:00

Our planet is experiencing a powerful geomagnetic storm, the most potent in over two decades, which might disrupt power and communication systems worldwide.

The sky has been illuminated with rare and vibrant colors, extending far beyond their usual polar locations. This phenomenon is caused by a large convergence of sunspots, which has produced several moderate to strong solar flares since Wednesday last week. Charged gas bubbles released from the Sun, known as Coral M injections, have created an extraordinary display in our ionosphere. The lights could be seen further south than usual, all over Europe and in the northern hemisphere. While visibility of the lights may vary by region, experts suggest that the most intense solar eruptions have already occurred.

In our modern era, when we heavily rely on communication and space technologies, disruptions from geomagnetic storms are concerning.

Difficult words: potent (having great power, influence, or effect), convergence (when two or more things come together or become similar), ionosphere (the part of the Earth’s atmosphere where ionization occurs).

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What potential impacts do you think a powerful geomagnetic storm could have on our communication and technology systems?

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