Global outage ALERT: Massive solar flare heading towards Earth at million miles per hour, know what NASA said
Due to the most recent solar cycle, the Sun is getting more and more active with each passing day and has increased its solar flare eruptions. Due to this, another massive solar flare is expected to hit the Earth soon, according to space experts.
Space agencies have issued a solar flare alert, saying that a huge solar storm can be caused on Earth after a disturbance recorded on the surface of the Sun, near sunspot AR3076. This means that a massive disruption can be caused on the planet soon, as per spaceweather.com.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has also recorded a major blast from this solar flare, which erupted on August 14. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the solar flare at 4 pm on Sunday, which means that a solar storm can hit the planet soon.
According to spaceweather.com, “Traveling faster than 600 km/s (1.3 million mph), the plume tore through the sun’s outer atmosphere, creating a coronal mass ejection (CME). Newly updated images from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) confirm that the CME has an Earth-directed component.”
Further, NASA also said, “The outer solar atmosphere, the corona, is structured by strong magnetic fields. Where these fields are closed, often above sunspot groups. A large CME can contain a billion tons of matter that can be accelerated to several million miles per hour in a spectacular explosion.”
A solar flare can at times cause major disruption of services on Earth if it initiates a geomagnetic storm on the planet. According to space agencies, a geomagnetic storm can be caused on Earth on August 17, which is tomorrow.
As per the definition of the phenomenon, a solar flare is an intense localized eruption of electromagnetic radiation in the Sun’s atmosphere. A solar flare can be classified into five major categories – A, B, C, M, and X – with X being the one with the highest intensity.
NASA’s DART Spacecraft to collide with an asteroid on September 26, know how to watch live
The project, which involved ramming a spaceship into an asteroid, was launched on November 21 of last year. The target asteroid, called Dimorphous, is a member of a binary system. This asteroid, which has a diameter of 160 metres (530 feet), circles the larger asteroid Didymos (diameter of 780 metres or 2,560 feet). On September 26, the DART spacecraft will collide with Dimorphous, which is located 109.4 billion kilometres away, at a speed of 23,760 kph to alter the asteroid’s path.
Interestingly, this is the first mission to test asteroid deflection technologies via kinetic impact. “The spacecraft will deliberately collide with a target asteroid—which poses no threat to Earth—to change its speed and path. If successful, DART’s kinetic impact method could be used in the future if a hazardous asteroid on a collision course with Earth were ever discovered”, NASA stated in a statement.
What happens after the impact?
The post-impact shock waves and cratering process, together with the fact that the Dimorphos has a loose core, are projected to cause significantly more serious damage to the target asteroid than anticipated. Following the impact, the Hera mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) will be in use. To investigate the aftermath of the impact, the HERA spacecraft will rejoin the asteroid system. It will also send out two CubeSats to conduct a close-up crash scene examination.
Close-up investigations will be conducted by these CubeSats, called Milani, the rock decoder, and Juventas, the radar visionary. Interestingly, the HERA spacecraft will also transmit visuals of the impacts because the collision would destroy DART’s camera.
The event will be live-streamed on social media and on the official website of NASA.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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