A picture of a solar flare from 2011 and a CMEWhat is a solar storm?
It begins with a huge explosion that erupts on the sun.
NOAA says the incoming solar storm is expected to be a G-1 "minor" storm.
A solar flare that erupted on August 4, 1972, knocked out long-distance communication across some U.S. states, according to NASA.
Reports of a major solar storms that could wreak havoc on Earth this week are wide of the mark, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has not noted any significant storm-related activity on the Sun. The publication cited two separate examples from the Ready.gov website, starting with 1859's so-called "Carrington Event", where Northern Lights were visible even in Cuba and Hawaii, and several telegraph operators fell victim to electric shocks from telegraph lines, with their papers also catching fire as a result of the storm.
There will be a minor uptick in geomagnetic activity over the coming days, resulting in a G1 geostorm - an event that happens around 2,000 times every 11 years.
But the cracks could also create incredible opportunities for stargazers to catch a better view of the Northern lights.
In conclusion, NOAA said that no strong magnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th, therefore is nothing you should be worrying about.
One of the solar flares that was created last week is said to be the largest in a cycle known as the solar minimum, which dates back to early 2007. These are cooler, less dense regions of plasma and open magnetic fields.
Flares generate a burst of radiation.
"Railway networks could be affected in case of an extreme space weather event due to the direct impact on system components, such as track circuits or electronics, or indirectly via dependencies on power, communications, and progressively on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for timing and positioning", ScienceAlert reported, quoting JRC. Note that there are certain beliefs associated with solar storms that aren't proved yet as per which, these storms can cause headaches, sleeplessness, and dizziness too.