After months of inactivity, the Sun “awakened” with a solar eruption, also known as the Solar Storm, on December 7 with a part heading towards Earth.
According to the Center for Space Weather Forecasting (SWPC) of the US National Oceanic and Climate Agency (NOAA), the eruption of the corona (CME) occurred on December 7 on Area 2790 of the Sun. Part of a matter wave in the form of a plasma and magnetic field is projected to reach Earth’s atmosphere on the nights of December 9 and December 10 in the Northern Hemisphere.
CME analysts initially forecast only minor storms. If the CME effect is prolonged, and the magnetic field during a solar storm is well linked with the Earth’s magnetosphere, the effect is likely to increase.
Observers warned that the hurricane level could be higher, moving from category G1 (light) to G3 (heavy), on December 10. Storm effects related to Solar storms can last until December 11, and the hurricane impact will be reduced to G2 (medium) classification according to the SWPC scale.
According to CNN, the solar storm could cause problems with GPS technology, radio waves and power networks in some parts of the Earth.
The storm also produced aurorae, which was thought to only be seen in the Arctic Circle, further south. Consequently, star-gazers in many American cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Boston and Seattle will have the opportunity to see the miraculous phenomenon in the night sky.
The most common color of this optical phenomenon is luminous blue. However, the regional atmosphere can also combine with matter from solar storms and produce many other colors such as red, pink, blue, and purple.