Washington: A solar storm is expected to hit Earth on Sunday and while it is going to be the first such incident of the month, experts believe that it could result in a partial blackout. A coronal hole has reportedly been opened up in the Sun which is releasing a huge swarm of cosmic particles, said a report in express.co.uk.
A statement published on Space Weather website says, “Cutting across half of the solar disk, a wide hole in the sun’s atmosphere is turning toward Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind toward our planet. This extreme ultraviolet image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the gaseous canyon”.
“NOAA forecasters say G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible when the solar wind arrives on Sunday or Monday. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras, especially in the southern hemisphere where deepening autumn darkness favours visibility of Southern Lights,” reported Space Weather.
However, some experts believe that consequences of this solar storm, expected on Sunday, could be far more serious and said that the solar storm could affect satellite-based technology of the earth, meaning that the planet might witness a partial Tech Blackout.