Earth hit by SOLAR STORM causing ‘EXPLOSION OF LIGHT’ - and it’s not over yet

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Earth hit by SOLAR STORM causing ‘EXPLOSION OF LIGHT’ - and it’s not over yet (Image: GETTY)

Earth is currently in the cross hairs of a solar storm heading straight from a gaping hole in the surface of the sun’s atmosphere. The stream of particles first collided with our atmosphere yesterday, causing an “explosion of light”. As the magnetosphere gets bombarded by solar winds, stunning blue and green lights can appear over the upper reaches of the Northern hemisphere and the lower parts of the southern hemisphere – known as northern or southern lights.

The storm first made contact with Earth on February 28, and Space Weather stated: “First contact with the stream on Feb. 28th caused an explosion of light over Rovaniemi, Finland.”

Photographer Jani Ylinampa said: "These auroras were quite bright for over a half an hour, and the climax lasted for nearly 10 minutes, flaming literally all over the sky.

"Definitely one of the best shows of the season."

However, the show is not over yet, and Space Weather states that we will be caught in the solar storm for another 48 hours.

The website reads: “Minor G1-class geomagnetic storms are underway on March 1st as a fast-moving stream of solar wind buffets Earth's magnetic field.

“The gaseous material is flowing from a wide hole in the sun's atmosphere – so wide that Earth could remain inside the stream for another 24 to 48 hours.”





While this solar storm is only considered ‘minor’, the consequences could be far more serious than the appearance of the northern or southern Lights.

For the most part, the Earth’s magnetic field protects humans from the barrage of radiation, but solar storms can affect satellite-based technology.

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"These auroras were quite bright for over a half an hour" (Image: Jani Ylinampa)

Solar winds can heat the Earth’s outer atmosphere, causing it to expand.

This can affect satellites in orbit, potentially leading to a lack of GPS navigation, mobile phone signal and satellite TV such as Sky.

Additionally, a surge of particles can lead to high currents in the magnetosphere, which can lead to higher than normal electricity in power lines, resulting in electrical transformers and power stations blow outs and a loss of power.

The higher amounts of radiation also leave people vulnerable to cancer.

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