The most powerful X-ray burst, X class, has taken place on the Sun. In about 2 days, a plasma cloud that formed as a result of this burst may reach the Earth and cause a magnetic storm, a representative of the Russian Institute of Applied Geophysics says.
The sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, an event that happens only once every 11 years. The star's northern hemisphere already appears to have changed and the southern hemisphere should soon follow suit completing the polarity reversal, scientists report. The effects of this galactic event will ripple throughout the solar system.
Sunspot AR1890, located close to the center of the solar disk, has unleashed its third X-class flare in 5 days. The first and the second ones were observed on November 5 and 8, respectively. All three were quite brief, spelling only very slight geomagnetic disturbance associated with them.
The Internet is ablaze by a ludicrous conspiracy theory that Edward Snowden, a former CIA agent, has predicted series of solar flares, set to occur in September of 2013, will kill hundreds of millions of people.
After six weeks of calm, global telecommunications have been briefly disrupted by a moderate magnetic storm, caused by a gust of solar wind reaching the Earth’s atmosphere.
A series of solar flares has caused a powerful magnetic storm on Earth, US scientists say. Magnetic agitations soared up from the lowest storm level to level five and then eight, and remaining these for six hours. A magnetic storm last hit this high of a level on August 6th but unlike then, the current agitations lasted fairly long.
A magnetic storm has come down on the Earth following plasma ejections three days ago. Scientists from the space weather center of the Russian Institute of Earth Magnetism warn that the geomagnetic activity index reached level 6 out of 10 on Tuesday and that solar activity may intensify in March and April.
Russian scientists have found the way to protect cardiac patients from the negative effect of magnetic storms. Scientists have discovered that melatonin, which is called the hormone of sleep, can be used for this purpose. The first clinical tests were a success and the method has already been patented.