On May 7, a massive filament eruption from the Sun’s outer layer ejected an alarming coronal mass ejection (CME) that is set to strike Earth’s magnetic field, potentially causing solar storms. A CME is a massive plasma bubble that is ejected from the Sun, containing billions of tons of fast-moving solar particles as well as the magnetic field that binds them together.
The incoming CME could deliver a “glancing blow” to Earth’s magnetic field on May 10, according to NOAA analysts, with minor geomagnetic storms a possible result of the fast solar wind’s impact.
Solar storms are categorized by the US Space Weather Center (SWPC) on a scale of “G1 Minor” to “G5 Extreme.”
Even the tiniest storms, however, can cause “power-grid fluctuations” and “minor impact on satellite operations.”
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