NASA says we could face a major solar storm late this year

A powerful solar flare has triggered a National Weather Service warning that a geomagnetic storm might be on the way.

The biggest storm in nine years will hit the space environment in late October or early November, National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Maue said in a tweet posted Friday.

There’s no guarantee that the geomagnetic storm will hit the U.S. The latest update from NASA says that there’s a high chance that the storm will hit in mid-November.

NASA scientists said that the space plane is expected to have it’s best chance of passage on Nov. 4.

Usually we get to see weak geomagnetic storms in October and November. But now we could see an intense one.

NOAA put out a report on the storm that was created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to meet the department’s policy for hazardous weather events.

According to the NOAA, the strongest part of the storm will be concentrated over northern polar regions. The storm could pose a threat to communications and navigation satellites, earth navigational systems, and damage a glancing blow from major electrical power grids.

NASA scientists didn’t release much information about the eruption. Their report says that it was a relatively harmless M6-class solar flare and that the flare appeared in space at 12:28 UTC on Oct. 14.

A powerful solar flare creates a major geomagnetic storm that could trigger auroras during the Halloween holiday as it moves over our planet’s magnetic field, Science Insider reported.

“This year is shaping up to be a potentially dangerous year for geomagnetic storms,” said Cenk Uygur, host of the network’s show “The Young Turks,” Science Insider reported. “Do we stand to lose the satellite navigation system, GPS? Are we going to get blackouts and power outages because of a massive geomagnetic storm?”

This is not the first time a severe solar flare has triggered solar storms.

Last April, a powerful solar flare resulted in several days of geomagnetic storms and brightness loss for GPS receivers, according to Science Insider.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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