Radio waves may be interrupted by solar activity

Radio waves may be interrupted by solar activity

WASHINGTON DC: A burst of energetic, highly magnetized superheated gas from the sun will hit Earth and has a 10 percent chance of producing an X-class flare that could disrupt radio communications and disrupt the global positioning system (GPS) on Thursday.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) experts expect small-scale G1 to G2 class geomagnetic storms that are in the moderate category are likely to produce auroras in the United States (US).

An aurora is a bright light that is visible at night in the form of stripes, usually red, green or purple.

In addition, space weather forecasters say there is a 30 percent chance of a shock wave that could cause a momentary radio blackout in parts of the Middle East and Africa.

According to Los Angeles-based space weather expert Dr Tamitha Skov, solar activity this week may affect amateur radio and GPS reception.

The situation occurred as a result of the coronal mass ejection that erupted from the sun starting on Sunday and Monday.

source – Sinar Harian

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