Why are solar flares dangerous?

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(ORDO NEWS) — It will happen again one day… and probably soon. On November 6, 2001, a coronal mass ejection (CME), which is an ejection of matter from the solar corona, reached the Earth and collided with its magnetic field.

This caused a strong and even dangerous geomagnetic storm of class G4 (G-index is a five-point scale for the strength of magnetic storms, where G5 is extremely strong storms).

This natural phenomenon, from which humanity has no protection, has led to the fact that the sky over Central Europe began to glow in bright red and purple colors.

The natural color image attached to the article (above) clearly demonstrates the aftermath of an event 21 years ago.

An X1-class solar flare CME (a five-character classification represented by A, B, C, M, and X, where X is the most intense flare) from sunspot AR9684 left the Sun on November 4, 2001, reached Earth two days later, and impacted its magnetosphere.

One day it will happen again, and the blow may be even stronger. Then we are in for not only a bewitching and moderately frightening spectacle, but also serious problems (ubiquitous power outages, disruption of any communication, disconnection of satellites, etc.).


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